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Russia withdraws Su-24M bombers from Syria, deploys four Su-25 ground-attack aircraft

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Russia withdraws Su-24M bombers from Syria, deploys four Su-25 ground-attack aircraft
The first six Su-24M tactical bombers have already been relocated from the Hmeymim base in Syria to Russia and more aircraft will be back home soon, Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. At the same time four Su-25 fighters arrived in Syria in the framework of planned rotation.
Russia brings Su 24M bombers back from Syria deploys four Su 25 fighter jets 640 001Two RusAF Su-25 ground-attack aircraft taking off from Hmeymim air base
(Source: Internet)
"The first six Su-24M have been relocated from the Hmeymim base to Russia. The withdrawal of other aircraft and also flight and technical personnel is due in the near future," he said.

The four Su-25 fighter-bombers that were reported to have arrived at Hmeymim by the US TV network FoxNews were dispatched there on the rotation principle, Konashenkov said.

"In accordance with the schedule of routine rotation of aircraft at Hmeymim airbase four Sukhoi-25 fighter-bombers equipped with advanced navigation and targeting systems arrived in Syria several days ago. Attempts by some western media to neglect certain facts and only focus on others to make a fuss about an alleged ‘buildup of Russian presence in Syria’ are nothing but a primitive propaganda canard," Konashenkov said.

He also recalled that the Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier-led task force has been on its way back to Severomorsk home port of call since January 6. The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has more than 40 aircraft on board.

Russia started to reduce its military presence in Syria since a truce agreement took effect on December 30. Moscow and Ankara pledged to act as its safeguards. The ceasefire agreement was concluded by the Syrian authorities and several armed opposition groups. It does not apply to the terrorist groups Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra. Both are outlawed in Russia.
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