Russia accuses US of drone attack on its Syria base

Russian soldiers display the remains of a militant drone that was shot down over Hmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia Province

Russian soldiers display the remains of a militant drone that was shot down over Hmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia Province

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin said earlier today that a US Poseidon-8 spy plane had helped coordinate an attack by 13 drones on the base, the TASS news agency reported. "During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours".

"When the drones encountered the action of the Russian jamming system, they moved to manual control mode, which was done from the Poseidon-8", he said. "It undertook manual control". "Then they were destroyed", Fomin claimed.

"This needs to stop: not to fight high-tech weapons to terrorists and good equipped terrorists need to stop them equip", - concluded the Deputy head of the defense Department. It has been known before that Washington backs ISIS in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government in Syria headed by Bashar al-Assad.

The revelations come following elevated tensions between Russia and Israel over the latter's attack on the coastal city of Latakia that mistakenly led to the the downing of a Russian military aircraft that killed 15 servicemen.




This was the first time Russian Federation has openly accused the USA of involvement in in the incident since the January attack.

Fomin said the attack was successfully repelled.

US officials did not immediately comment on the claim, but the Pentagon had rejected previous Russian insinuations that USA forces played a role in drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in Tartus, which is also located in western Syria. He added that Russian Federation downed seven of the drones and took control of six others through electronic warfare systems.

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