December 16, 2017 – FRN –
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on instructions from the president, thanked the military personnel, who provided security for the Russian leader on December 11 in Syria, the defense ministry said.
According to the ministry, officers and servicemen of the Special Operations and Military Police Forces, pilots of fighter and army aviation, who accompanied the presidential plane, did not at first know who was aboard the plane. They were commended for exemplary performance of assigned tasks. In addition, personnel of air defense and specialists of electronic warfare, as well as to the crews of individual ships of the operational unit of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean were also commended.
According to the SU-35 pilots accompanying the president on the day, they only learned about who was on board the aircraft when they were already in the air. The most important thing was to fulfill the task perfectly, no one thought of ranks or awards. The pilots noted that they did not see the president during the flight, but they saw Putin’s reaction when the pilots were already on the ground.
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