Several dozen foreign reporters visiting Hmeimim base in Syria

Reporters witnessed the loading of another shipment of humanitarian aid

At least 57 foreign journalists, among them representatives of major television companies from the United States, the UK, France, Norway, Armenia, Belarus and Syria, came to the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's Latakia on Jan. 20, Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department head Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"They have an opportunity to study the routine and daily life of servicemen stationed at the airbase, and to watch aircraft being prepared for missions and departing for the accomplishment of combat tasks," Konashenkov told reporters.

The foreign reporters witnessed the loading of another shipment of humanitarian aid, which would be delivered to Syrian districts and populated localities besieged by the militants, he said.

"The journalists were very interested to know to whom the cargo was sent and what it was. The Russian servicemen demonstrated that the cargo mostly consisted of food and, partially, of medicines. The Russian aid is prepared directly at the Hmeimim base by the servicemen," Konashenkov said.

Most of the foodstuffs are dry rations delivered to needy people in such cities as Deir ez-Zor, he said.

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