Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger

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A missile cruiser “Moscow” firing anti-aircraft missiles during the joint sailing of various fleets’ vessels for combat training. © Vitaliy Ankov / Sputnik

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken.

Sergey Rudskoy, a top official with the Russian General Staff, condemned the attack on the Russian bomber in Syrian airspace by a Turkish fighter jet as “a severe violation of international law”. He stressed that the Su-24 was downed over the Syrian territory. The crash site was four kilometers away from the Turkish border, he said.

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