Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Drones That Attacked Russian Bases in Syria Resemble US Military UAVs

Drones That Attacked Russian Bases in Syria Resemble US Military UAVs

The Russian military says it has killed militants it holds responsible for an attack on its air base in Syria.

Today the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced in an official statement that Russian forces had located and eliminated the group which conducted the attack on Hmeimim airbase on December 31, 2017.

Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said that the drones used to attack two Russian military bases in Syria were so high-tech they were created to offset jamming technology.

He was speaking after Russian forces in Syria faced an assault by 13 makeshift drones launched from a rebel village 50 miles away.

Moscow has claimed that the drones, which were made of wood, tape and lawn mower engines, were too sophisticated and operated from too far a distance to have been executed by themselves.

Another three drones targeted a Russian naval base at Tartus.

According to Novikov, creating this sort of weapon is impossible in home-made conditions.

The past two weeks have seen two major attacks on Russian military sites in Syria - one on New Year's Eve and the other in the first week of January. He added that Russian Federation knows who was or were behind the provocative attacks, however, didn't disclose the names but to add that it wasn't Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed, Turkish presidential sources said.

Turkey on Tuesday called the Russian and Iranian ambassadors to its ministry of foreign affairs to ask the envoys to urge the Syrian government in Damascus to end the border violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

"We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation, and what the actual sum was".

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