RUSSIA CONTINUES TO SCALE DOWN MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA – OFFICIAL
MOSCOW, Russian Defense Ministry announced that it will continue to scale down its military presence in Syria, said ministry’s spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov on Thursday.
“In accordance with the order of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is implementing measures to reduce Russia’s military presence in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Konashenkov added.
He dismissed, in a statement distributed here, reports that Russia will reinforce its military forces in that Arab country.
The Russian Navy’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, left an area off Syria’s coats in the Mediterranean Sea on January 6 to their base in Severomorsk, where Russia’s Northern Fleet is permanent stationed, Konashenkov noted.
He revealed that six Su-24 bombers left the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia to their permanent bases in Russia, indicating in the meantime that four Russian Su-25 airplanes, which NATO calls Frogfoots, have been deployed at Khmeimim.
Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would reduce his forces in Syria after they achieved their missions there.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/russia-continues-to-scale-down-military-presence-in-syria-official/National news