Russia’s anti-aircraft defense system based at Hmeymim’s Syrian base destroyed a drone launched by terrorist groups, the Russian Reconciliation Center said on Monday.
“On July 29, 2018, at night, Russian air defense systems at the Hmeymim air base spotted an unidentified small drone aimed at a territory occupied by illegal armed formations. Anti-aircraft systems eliminated the target,” the center said in a bulletin.
According to the Russian Defense, despite the cease-fire regime established throughout Syria, cases of violence continue to occur. Only in the last week, there were 65 attacks carried out by illegal armed groups in the Idlib de-escalation zone, a number one and a half times higher than in the previous week. Other areas were also attacked.
“In the last 24 hours, the insurgents attacked Kinsabba (twice), Royset-Rushu (twice), Mashariyah, Ikko, Latakia and Hamdaniyah districts (three times) and Maqanis al-Duwayri (twice). An attack by militants on the 3000 MLRS Project in Al-Hamdanija district in Aleppo has caused casualties among civilians (two people were killed and six civilians injured),” according to preliminary data.
Meanwhile, the presence of the Russian military in Syria will be necessary until the balance of forces in the region changes and the political situation in the world normalizes, said the president of the Arab country, Bashar Assad.
“Russia is not a small country, it is a great power, so it has an obligation to the whole world and it has a responsibility throughout the world, part of which is political and military presence in various regions when necessary,” Assad said to Russian media.
Therefore, the president stressed, “the Russian Armed Forces are important for the balance in our region, at least in the Middle East, until the political balance in the world changes.”
Assad compared the current situation in his country with that of the Eastern Front of World War II. Surrounded by Russian military relatives who died fighting the jihadists in Syria, the Syrian president said that the barbaric actions of the Nazis were comparable to those of today’s terrorists.
But the ‘question’ remains, rhetorically so: ‘But who provides these rag-tag terrorist outfits with state-of-the-art military drones?‘