Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Syrian issue

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Syrian issue

On Tuesday, the Russian Defence Ministry appeared to accuse the U.S. of being involved in the latest attack, claiming that an American Poseidon intelligence aircraft patrolling over the base during the attack was a "strange coincidence".

The US Navy's Boeing P-8 Poseidon was on a patrol mission in the area between the Russian Hmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base in Syria when militants attempted to attack the facilities using 13 drones, the ministry revealed today.

Engineering decisions applied by terrorists while attacks on the Russian objects in Syria could be received from one of countries with high-technological capabilities of satellite navigation and remote dropping control of professionally assembled improvised explosive devices in assigned coordinates.

The drone attack on the Russian assets in Syria also raised tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Of the ones that were hijacked by Russia's military, three were landed outside of the base and subsequently examined and decoded, which helped to reveal information on its launch site.

Two Russian military personnel died in a mortar attack against the Hemeimeem air base on December 31, the military announced last week.

The outlines of a potential new deal appear to be emerging under which Russia agrees to prevail upon the Syrian government to refrain from attacking any more opposition territory and Turkey agrees to prevent the opposition from attacking Russian bases, said Jennifer Cafarella of the Institute for the Study of War. "So they are damned to a consensus", Malashenko, one of the leading Russian experts on the Middle East, told AFP.

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned a senior USA diplomat to express Ankara's "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported.

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Russian Federation has given President Bashar al-Assad's government crucial support throughout Syria's civil war and has always been at odds with US support of certain rebel groups in the Syrian civil war.

"The drones were launched from the area of Muazzara in the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation area controlled by so-called "moderate opposition" units", defence ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said.

Idlib has become a focal point of the Syrian war as government forces and allied militia have thrust towards an insurgent-held air base.

Most of the Islamic State drones used against USA allies, moreover, had a range of no more than 1-2km, according to an analysis by the defense consultancy IHS Markit group.

In a letter sent to top Turkish officials, Russian Federation said it held Turkey responsible for the drone attacks, which it described as a breach of their cease-fire deal in Idlib province, according to the Defense Ministry newspaper.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "is extremely unpopular". Moscow and Ankara have backed opposite sides in the conflict, but they struck a deal past year to set up de-escalation zones, which also involved Iran, another Assad backer.

According to the Rand Corporation's Clarke, through a military operation and efforts to lead a political transition, Russian Federation ultimately wants to project its influence and compete with the United States, in its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation role, as a leading power.

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