Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday, that the missile cruiser “Moskva” has arrived to the coast of Latakia to provide air defense of the area; anti-aircraft missile complex S-400 was deployed in Hmeymim air base to strengthen the air defense at the base, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Vesti.ru.
As the Ministry stated, it was made in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Russia, President Vlagimir Putin. The decision on the participation of the C-400 in operation in Syria was taken after the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24.
Konashenkov also expressed surprise at the U.S. reaction about the strengthening of the air defense. According to the Defense Ministry, Russia, also believed such measures were unnecessary until November 24, when the Turkish plane shot down Russian bomber. “Now we are going to ensure the safety of our aircrafts in the air group operations against terrorists of ISIS and other terrorist groups, in more reliable way,” – said General -Major Igor Konashenkov.