Russia Says Militants Who Targeted Syrian Air Base 'Eliminated'

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A mortar attack on the Hmeymim air base on December 31 had killed two Russian soldiers.

Gen. of the Turkish Air Force and deputy chairman of the Patriotic Party (Vatan Party), said that militants have long developed such plans and terrorist groups are using drone attacks to achieve their goals. "It was the first time when terrorists applied a massed drone aircraft attack launched at a range of more than 50 km using modern GPS guidance system", the Russian Defense Ministry's official post said.

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015. The worship is likely linked to the armed drone attack on Hmeimim airbase, and Tartus naval facility base on January 6.

They were also capable of launching precision strikes and could not have been made without foreign assistance, the ministry said.

The attack heightened tensions between Russian Federation and Turkey, which wields significant influence with some rebel groups in Idlib. The agreement has helped reduce fighting and warm ties between Russian Federation and Turkey.

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The Russian military is investigating which country created the drones, Novikov added.

Putin said Moscow knows who helped stage the attack on the Russian bases, but he didn't identify the country allegedly involved, saying only that it wasn't Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed, Turkish presidential sources said. We have a ideal understanding of that and will act in solidarity.There were provocateurs there, but they were not Turks....

The remark comes in the wake of Turkey's decision to summon Russian and Iranian envoys to the country, seeking to cease the Syrian government's violation of de-escalation zone borders in Idlib, claimed by Ankara, reported Sputnik.

The drone raid on Russian bases came just weeks after Putin declared a victory in Syria and ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from the country.

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