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Russia’s Defense Ministry has cautioned the U.S.-led coalition of carrying out airstrikes on Syrian army positions, adding in Syria there are numerous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems up and running.


Russia currently has S-400 and S-300 air-defense systems deployed to protect its troops stationed at the Tartus naval supply base and the Khmeimim airbase.

The radius of the weapons reach may be a surprise to all unidentified flying objects, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson General Igor Konashenkov said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, any airstrike or missile hitting targets in territory controlled by the Syrian government would put Russian personnel in danger.

The defense official said that members of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria are working on the ground delivering aid and communicating with a large number of communities in Syria.

“Therefore, any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.”

“Russian air defense system crews are unlikely to have time to determine in a ‘straight line’ the exact flight paths of missiles and then who the warheads belong to. And all the illusions of amateurs about the existence of ‘invisible’ jets will face a disappointing reality,”  Konashenkov added. 

He also noted that Syria itself has S-200 as well as BUK systems, and their technical capabilities have been updated over the past year.

The Russian Defense Ministry’s statement came in response to what it called “leaks” in the Western media alleging that Washington is considering launching airstrikes against Syrian government forces.

“Of particular concern is information that the initiators of such provocations are representatives of the CIA and the Pentagon, who in September reported to the [US] President on the alleged controllability of ‘opposition’ fighters, but today are lobbying for ‘kinetic’ scenarios in Syria,” he said.

He cautioned Washington to conduct a “thorough calculation of the possible consequences of such plans.”

US-led coalition jets bombed positions of the Syrian government forces on September 17, resulting in the deaths of 83 servicemen. Washington said the airstrike was a mistake, however Damascus claimed the incident was a blatant aggression.”

The relocation of the S-300 system in order to protect Russian ships and the naval base in Syria was confirmed by Russian defense officials on October 4.

Konashenkov assured that the S-300 is a“purely defensive system and poses no threat.

Russia also has S-400 missile defense systems at Khmeimim base that were placed there after Turkey downed a Russian SU-24 jet in November of 2015.


Russia: “Year-long Syria campaign freed large part
of country from terrorists” – [Shoigu]

Russia’s year-long military campaign in Syria has succeeded in stabilising the country and liberating a significant part of it from terrorists, said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on Thursday.

Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister (Russian):

“It has been a year since our Armed Forces started to conduct combat missions in the Syrian Arab Republic.

During this time we managed to stabilise the situation in the country, to liberate a significant part of its territory occupied by militants and international terrorists, to organise work of the Russia’s Centre for Reconciliation of opposing sides.

During the operation, the Aerospace Forces targeted militants’ bases and their infrastructure, delivered humanitarian supplies to Syrian citizens and addressed other equally important tasks.

We gained practical experience of firing with precision weapons of long range from surface of ships and submarines from the waters of the Caspian and the Mediterranean Seas.

For the first time the strategic aircrafts have used new air-launched missiles X-101 with a range of up to 4,500 kilometres in a real combat situation.

Many modern domestic samples of weapons have been tested in difficult conditions of desert terrain and generally demonstrated their reliability and efficiency.

Currently manufactures of the military-industrial complex are creating promising weapons that will come into service in the near future.

It is important to take into account the Syrian experience while developing new models as well as during the operation of the existing equipment.”


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