Russia strengthens Syrian Air Force with second batch of updated MiG-29 fighters

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DAMASCUS, (BM) – The second group of modernized MiG-29s arriving from Russia joined the Syrian Air Force. From June 1, Syrian pilots will begin flying on these fighters, learned BugarianMilitary.com according several Russian sources.

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The Syrian air force was strengthened by the second batch of upgraded MiG-29 fighters. The planes were transferred to the Khmeimim airbase as part of military-technical cooperation between Damascus and Moscow.

On Saturday, May 30, the agency SANA reports with reference to a military source, reports Russian Dialogue magazine. “In the framework of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Syria, the Russian side handed over the second batch of upgraded and modernized MiG-29 fighters to Syria during the ceremony at the Khmeimim base,” the agency’s source said.

According to him, advanced fighters are more effective than the previous generation. Starting June 1, Syrian pilots will begin flying on these aircraft in the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Recall, the day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Ministry to negotiate with Damascus on the expansion of Russian military facilities in Syria.

We are talking about the intention to obtain additional property and water areas in the Syrian coast. Earlier, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that Russia’s military bases in the SAR are necessary to ensure a balance of forces in the region.

Background

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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