Russian MoD Slams US Media Allegations of Increased Military Presence in SyriaMiddle East12:39 12.01.2017(updated 12:48 12.01.2017) Get short URL

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Russian Ministry of Defense has denied the reports made by the US media alleging that Russia has increased its military presence in Syria, according to Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

    Earlier, the US TV channel FoxNews aired a report saying that Russia had been allegedly stepping up its military presence in Syria.
    Russian Defense Ministry is already implementing measures to reduce Russian military grouping in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
     He pointed out that first six Su-24 bombers have been redeployed to Russia from Hmeimim airbase in Latakia.
    The withdrawal of some aircraft, as well as flight and engineering staff from Syria is planned to be completed in the near future, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
    Russian air group at Hmeimim airbase now includes four Su-25 aircraft as part of a scheduled rotation, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov noted.
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