Defense Ministry: No operative need to deploy new Russian airbases in Syria

Russia's Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft at the Hmeymim airbase. TASS

Russia's Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft at the Hmeymim airbase. TASS

TASS
Ministry refused reports claiming the deployment of a new Russian airbase

The Russian Defense Ministry has refused reports of certain foreign media outlets claiming the deployment of a new Russian airbase near the town of Shayrat in Syria.

"There was no operative need to deploy additional Russian 'airbases' in the territory of Syria claimed by 'sofa strategists' then and there is no such need now," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Dec. 9.

"For more than two weeks or, to be more exact, immediately after the attack of a Turkish F-16 fighter on a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber in Syrian airspace, certain foreign media outlets have been trying to distract the public from that tragedy with various rumors," he said.

"First, a little known Kuwaiti newspaper posted a report reprinted by Reuters about the alleged deployment of a new Russian airbase near the town of Shayrat," Konashenkov said.

"One does not have to be a military expert to understand that it will take any Russian plane only 30-40 minutes to reach any extreme point of Syria from the Hmeimim airfield where the Russian aviation group is based," he said.

"Hence, there was no operative need to deploy additional Russian 'airbases' in the territory of Syria claimed by 'sofa strategists' then and there is no such need now," the general said.

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