Russian Federation "alarmed" by possible US-manipulated drone attack at bases in Syria


There was no USA comment on the claim.

Russia says a United States spy plane orchestrated a militant drone attack on a Russian airbase in Syria back in January this year.

Giving details of the encounter that took place in January this year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said Russian counter-measures led to the destruction of the drones.

The drones were moving in a common combat battle deployment while a U.S. Poseidon-8 military aircraft was loitering offshore near Syria, Fomin said, speaking at the plenary session of the Xiangshan security forum in Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, described the allegation as "very alarming".

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Following the reports, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the incident might be discussed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, which may take place on November 11.

Russian Federation has waged a military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 2015, helping turn the tide of the country's civil war in his favor.

After attending three trilateral summits with Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this will be the first time Erdoğan, Putin and the EU's two main leaders will come together on the subject. The attack was successfully repelled: 7 drones were downed, and control over 6 drones was gained through electronic warfare systems.

The Russian military has maintained a hotline with the prevent clashes and other incidents between Russian and USA forces in Syria.