Russian official accuses USA of UAV attack on airbase in Syria


The Kremlin has said it is concerned about a report by Russia's Defense Ministry that a USA spy plane was in control of a drone attack on Russia's Khmeimim Airbase in Syria in January.

"Thirteen drones moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew". Manual guidance was carried out not by some villagers, but by the Poseidon-8, which has modern equipment. "He took over manual control", - said the Deputy Minister.

Fomin added that the drones were destroyed before they could reach their target.

"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. The coalition's operations in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.

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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.

At the same time, the expert stressed that we should not expect open military conflict between Russian Federation and the United States. "The consequences of these attacks are simple - we show the whole world the worth of the American statements that they want peace in Syria", Victor Litovkin stressed.

The minister noted that the drones switched to manual guidance upon encountering Russia's electronic countermeasures, indicating that they were not controlled by Syrian forces, but a "technologically advanced country that has access to such tools; they can not be made in the Syrian desert", Fomin was cited as saying.

Fomin said the attack was successfully repelled.