Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

Russia to deploy S-400 defense missile system to Khmeimim airbase in Syria – defense minister

An S-400 “Triumf” antiaircraft missile system.

The Russian Air Force base in Latakia will be reinforced with S-400 SAM system, which will soon be deployed there, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.

S-400 will be deployed on Khmeimim airbase in Syria,” Shoigu said at a Defense Ministry meeting.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. One pilot died in the incident. The second one was rescued and brought to the Russian airbase in Latakia.

Moscow maintains the jet did not violate Turkey’s airspace. It ditched on Syria’s territory four kilometers from the border.

Shortly afterwards, the MoD announced three steps to be taken following the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber, including providing aerial cover by fighter jets for every airstrike, boosting air defense by deploying guided missile cruisers off the Latakia coast, and suspending all military-to-military contacts with Turkey.

 

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Russia to consolidate anti-terror efforts with Egypt – Defense Minister

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he branch of Islamic State that has been terrorizing the Sinai peninsula in Egypt was also involved in the October bombing of the Russian A321 passenger jet, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, vowing to boost anti-terror cooperation with Egypt.

“We know well how acute for Egypt the problem of terrorism is. It triggers concern that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) affiliate, the so-called Wilayat Sinai, who spilled the blood of innocent people including our compatriots, has been operating on the Sinai Peninsula for more than a year,” the minister said during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“We are ready for close cooperation to fight this evil,” the minister added, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Shoigu said that the so-called Arab Spring has resulted in too many unresolved problems, but pointed out that “owing to political consciousness and the decisive stance of armed forces Egypt managed to escape many troubles”.

Chaos in the region led to the rise of terrorist organizations such as IS, “which is seeking today to seize more territories outside Syria and Iraq to establish its caliphate there, arose and strengthened,” Shoigu said.

“The attack on the Russian jet, the recent wave of attacks on Paris, Beirut, Ankara as well as threats of attacks in other countries proved that terrorism poses a threat not only to Middle East and North Africa but to the whole world,” he added.

The minister pointed out that the main task today is to consolidate efforts in the fight against terrorism. Shoigu also said that Egypt is a key Russian partner in the region.

“Egypt has been and remains Russia’s strategic partner in North Africa and the Middle East,” the minister said as cited by TASS.

“We are determined to continue effective cooperation with Egypt in the political, economic and, of course, military and military-technical spheres,” he added.

Russian flight 7K9268,a Metrojet (Kogalymavia) A321, crashed on October 31, as the result of a bomb explosion. All 224 people on board, mostly Russians, were killed in the attack, for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Russia has vowed to find and punish the culprits behind the Sinai plane attack, with President Putin pledging to strengthen the anti-terror operation in Syria “in such a way so that the terrorists will understand that retribution is inevitable.”

Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger

A missile cruiser "Moscow"

A missile cruiser “Moscow”

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken.

Three steps as announced by top brass:

  1. Each and every strike groups’ operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets
  2. Air defense to be boosted with the deployment of Moskva guided missile cruiser off Latakia coast with an aim to destroy any target that may pose danger
  3. Military contacts with Turkey to be suspended

Sergey Rudskoy, a top official with the Russian General Staff, condemned the attack on the Russian bomber in Syrian airspace by a Turkish fighter jet as “a severe violation of international law”. He stressed that the Su-24 was downed over the Syrian territory. The crash site was four kilometers away from the Turkish border, he said.

Rudskoy said the Russian warplane did not violate Turkish airspace. Additionally, according to the Hmeymim airfield radar, it was the Turkish fighter jet that actually entered Syrian airspace as it attacked the Russian bomber.T

he Turkish fighter jet made no attempts to contact Russian pilots before attacking the bomber, Rudskoy added.

We assume the strike was carried out with a close range missile with an infra-red seeker,” Rudskoy said. “The Turkish jet made no attempts to communicate or establish visual contact with our crew that our equipment would have registered. The Su-24 was hit by a missile over Syria’s territory.”

Russia now plans to implement new measures aimed at strengthening the security of the country’s air base in Syria and in particular to bolster air defense.

Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva, equipped with the ‘Fort’ air defense system, similar to the S-300, will be deployed off Latakia province’s coast.

missile cruiser

We warn that every target posing a potential threat will be destroyed,” lieutenant general Sergey Rudskoy said during the briefing.

The Moskva (‘Moscow’) missile cruise is a flagship vessel of the Russian Black Sea fleet and is one of the fleet’s two biggest ships. The cruiser was stationed in Sevastopol but left in summer 2015 after being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea where it joined Russia’s standing naval force in the Mediterranean.

Since September 30, the Moskva cruiser acts as a covering force for the Russian air forces in Syria while deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.

All military contacts with Turkey will be suspended,” Rudskoy added.

Turkey claims that it downed the Russian bomber in Turkish airspace after the plane was given 10 warnings in the space of five minutes as it approached the country’s territory.

“Nobody should doubt that we made our best efforts to avoid this latest incident. But everyone should respect the right of Turkey to defend its borders,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

“The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close,” another senior Turkish official told Reuters.

“Our findings show clearly that Turkish air space was violated multiple times. And they violated it knowingly.”

US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande urged Russia and Turkey away from further escalation during a meeting in Washington, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg voiced the alliance’s support for Turkey.

A US military spokesman also said that the incident involves only Turkey and Russia and does not affect the US-led campaign in Syria, which will continue “as planned”.