Russia has deployed missile defense systems in Syria to counter the Islamic State’s possible strike against its forces in the country and also to prevent attempts to hijack a warplane, Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Forces Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.
“We have studied all the possible threats. We sent there not only fighter jets, attack aircraft, bomber aircraft, helicopters but also missile systems. As various force majeure circumstances may occur,” Bondarev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published on Thursday.
According to him, the Russian air group in Syria comprises more than 50 warplanes and helicopters. “At the moment we do not need more,” Bondarev added.
The Kremlin states that Russia plans no ground operations in Syria.
Belsat.eu, via TASS