Russia sent six MiG-29 fighter jets in Syria to support Assad’s army
DAMASCUS, (BM) – According Iranian sources and data from the “Hunter’s notes” channel in Telegram, Russia has sent at least 6 MiG-29 fighters into Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
At the moment, the fact for which purpose this was done remains unknown. However, according to some reports, it’s not about Russian Air Forces fighters at all, it’s about repaired, and probably modernized, Syrian Air Force fighters, which are actually armed combat aircraft.
“Today, the Tu-154 85042 route from Volga to Syria repeated with a stop in Iranian Hamadan. The situation is starting to clear up a bit. According to reports of local aviation sources and experts from Iran, we’re talking of transfer of a whole group of MiG-29 fighters (approximately 6 units arrived)” the Iranian sources said.
There are no official comments from Russia on this issue. However, it is noteworthy that relatively recently the Israeli military attacked the Syrian military air base, where the MiG-29 fighters of the Syrian air force were spotted. It does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft could get damage and they were sent for repair to Russia, especially since earlier Russian military transport aircraft An-124 flew to Syria.
Nevertheless, experts don’t exclude that in reality, Russia can additionally strengthen the Syrian Air Force by supplying additional combat aircraft to this country’s armament.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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