Some 13 armed drones were involved in attacks on Russia's Hemeimeem air base and Tartus naval base in western Syria. The Russian forces managed to bring to the ground at least three and to destroy seven drones that were used for the attacks, capturing some of the rest. The drone strike is the latest of a recent flurry of mysterious attacks against Russian forces in Syria, and military officials are still clueless as to who's behind them.
The drone attacks were the first time that "terrorists" had employed a "massed drone aircraft attack launched at a range of more than 50 [kilometers] using a modern GPS guidance system", the ministry said.
According to Novikov, creating this sort of weapon is impossible in home-made conditions.
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However, a government offensive helped by Iran-backed militia has gathered pace in Idlib in the last two weeks, according to rebels and a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is fighting on the Syrian government side. The agreement has helped reduce fighting and warm ties between Russian Federation and Turkey.
Russian Federation has repeatedly insinuated that the rebels who carried out the drone attack on its military bases in Syria had help from the US, Turkey, and even Ukraine.
"We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation, and what the actual sum was".
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Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier held a telephone conversation as well.
He added that those behind the attack were aiming to thwart the Russia-Turkey-Iran agreement on de-escalation zones. In fact, it is quite obvious that there were elements of high-tech nature there.
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