Russian MoD denies loss report: “ISIS propagandists and ‘our international partners’ spread these rumors”
May 25, 2016 –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has denied reports that Russia military helicopters and trucks were destroyed at the T-4 Syrian air base.
The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, General Major Igor Konashenkov, stated:
“All Russian military helicopters located in the Syrian Arab Republic are fulfilling their routine tasks of eliminating terrorists. There have been losses among the personnel of the Russian air base.
I will remind everyone that the authors of such rumors of the destruction of Russian military helicopter units and two dozen trucks are ISIS propagandists who unsuccessfully tried to ‘sell’ this alleged ‘news’ around 10 days ago.
As for the photos of the Syrian airbase featuring burned aircraft and vehicles, as well as numerous rocket craters, these are more than a month old. This was the result of the hard fighting for the airfield between Syrian government forces and the militants of terrorist formations.
If we discard such rumors and speak straightforwardly, then it seems that the dissemination of such information is feasibly, in quotes, ‘part of our partners’ contribution to the fight against international terrorism.’”
The US has begun to “lose itself in testimony,” as American intelligence services have already partially denied the ‘shadow CIA’ report of Russian helicopters smoked by ISIS.
Earlier, a number of leading American and international media sources published news referring to the American private intelligence company Stratfor that units of Russian helicopters and two dozen trucks had allegedly been destroyed at the T-4 airbase in Tias district, Homs.