Briefing of the Russian Defence Ministry spokesman concerning activities of Rus aircraft in the Syrian Arab Republic
First of all, it is to be reminded that the Russian
Federation was to have conducted an observation flight over the territory of the
Turkish Republic on February 1-5, 2016 in accordance with the Treaty on Open
Skies. A preliminary approval for the flight had been received from the Turkish
party within the time limits prescribed by the Treaty.
Yesterday a group of Russian observers arrived at the Turkish airport Eskisehir
and submitted the route of the observation flight to Turkish representatives as
it’s required under the Treaty.
However, the Turkish Defense Ministry officials refused the Russian specialists
to perform the observation flight over the areas adjacent to Syria, as well as
over the airfields with concentrations of NATO aviation and without any specific
explanation at that.
Official NATO and Pentagon representatives who are always stand in solidarity
with Turkey are to be reminded about something.
Last year Western countries conducted 32 observation flights over the Russian
territory on the routes designated by them within the Treaty on Open Skies.
Turkey conducted 4 of them, including 2 – together with US military officials.
No remarks or complaints about the illegal military activities of the Russian
Federation were registered.
Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation does not intend to leave without
proper attention and response the violation of the Treaty by the Turkish party.
Such steps made by a NATO member-state do not contribute to the security and
confidence-building in Europe.
The Russian Defence Ministry regards these actions of the Turkish party as a
dangerous precedent and an attempt to hide the illegal military activity near
the Syrian border. Moreover, The Russian party has reasonable grounds to suspect
intensive preparation of Turkey for a military invasion to the territory of a
sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic.
The Russian Defence Ministry has presented to the international community the
incontrovertible video evidence which shows the Turkish self-propelled artillery
shelling the Syrian inhabited areas in the north of Latakia.
It is surprising that the eloquent Pentagon and NATO representatives as well as
numerous Human Rights Organizations in Syria still remain silent about that
despite our call to respond to those actions.
Moreover, the Russian Defence Ministry registers a growing number of signs of
hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the
territory of Syria.
It is to be reminded that the Russian Defence Ministry has intensified all kinds
of intelligence in the Middle East region.
That’s why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the prohibition of Russian observer
flight allows to hide something, it is unprofessional.
The Defence Ministry is to demonstrate another fact of provocative actions by
Turkey on the border with Syria.
Here is an image of checkpoint on the Turkish-Syrian border near Sarmada –
Terrorists, who captured Aleppo and Idlib in the north-west of Syria, are
supplied with weapons and militants through this checkpoint from the territory
of Turkey mainly at night.
American and NATO-counterparts like to name these transport caravans with
weapons for terrorists as “humanitarian convoys”.
Journalists are just thrown in jail for trying to find out what is transported
in these convoys in Turkey itself.
The attention is to be paid to the first frame, dated October 26, 2015: there is
a parking for heavy trucks and two small platforms on the Turkish and
terrorists-controlled Syrian border side, which are generally empty during the
Here is a second picture taken on January 30: someone has actively extended
these platforms and even put them under protection. Moreover, the coverage of
these platforms is very trampled.
Maybe, in peace-time, these facts would indicate the expectation of trade
turnover growth between the neighbouring countries.
However, during war-time, in such a way the transport infrastructure is
preparing on the eve of military intervention. And such platforms are used for
supporting the rapid movement of military convoys carrying ammunition and
weapons in the war zone, as well as for operational personnel deployment and
There are a lot of such examples on the Turkish-Syrian border, and especially
since the presence of troops and military equipment.
So, the prohibition of our observers’ flights by Ankara will not hide the
illegal Turkish military activity in the region.
In the course of the last three days, on February 1-4, aircraft of the Russian
Aerospace Forces have performed 237 combat sorties engaging 875 terrorists’
objects in the Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
As the result of the activities of the Russian aviation, terrorists are
suffering significant losses.
At the same time yesterday the Syrian Arab Army jointly with volunteer forces
dislodged militants from positions and liberated the settlements of Nubul and
Al-Zahraa besieged for over 4 years.
Now leaders of illegal armed groups have to concentrate on evacuation of injured
militants and to regain control over the situation. In the north of the country,
the militants continue leaving their positions and retreating to the
Syrian-Turkish border in order to keep the combat capability of their
According to the data received from representatives of the Syrian opposition,
Jabhat al-Nusra Front and Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham militants have organized a unit
of teenagers who had finished a special training courses in the Idlib province.
The oldest “cadet” is only 16 years old and the youngest is 14. This unit is
designed to be involved in terrorist attacks against civilians in Damascus, Homs
and Latakia provinces.
It’s necessary to stress that absurd allegations concerning alleged strikes of
the Russian aircraft in the territories which had no sign of presence of the
ISIS terrorists are now being disseminated again.
These are mostly referring to the targets outside Raqqah, where the aircraft of
the so-called anti-ISIS coalition supposedly do not conduct operations.
Especially for those critics it is mentioned that throughout the first 3 days of
this February,12 heavy bombing missions have been conducted by coalition forces
in Aleppo, Homs, Raqqah, Hasekeh, and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
Official representatives of the anti-ISIS coalition states are invited to inform
the media concerning the results of this work. Especially concerning the Syrian
Just a couple minutes ago another Turkey representative claimed to share the
materials on alleged violation of Turkish air space by a Russian aircraft.
Currently no data has been received via military or diplomatic channels.
Please be noticed that this is not the first fake report on that topic from the
From Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation