Ivanov: serious threat of attack on the air base of Russia in Syria is not, necessary measures are taken

MOSCOW, October 19. Russia has taken necessary measures to ensure the security of its military groups in Syria. In an interview, said the head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov.

According to him, when making the decision to launch a military operation in Syria was estimated all the possible risks. “Wouldn’t want to talk about serious threat of attack on Russian military presence in Syria. Theoretically everything is possible, but preventive measures had been taken”, – said Ivanov.

He reminded that Russian troops will not participate in ground fighting in Syria, and the airport Hamim, where fly Russian planes, “is fully controlled by Syrian government forces.” “There is a level of protection. Very serious. Furthermore, in addition to pilots and technicians at a base near Latakia is and a small detachment of our special forces engaged in physical protection of the airport” – said Ivanov.

“As for what they said about the expected losses (in the ranks of the armed forces in Syria), we are not going to assimilate and be counted already dead U.S. Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan”, – said the head of the Kremlin administration.

Earlier, the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter said in particular that he would not be surprised if “in a few days, the Russian military will begin to lose in Syria.” The defense Ministry in these words called cynical, as well as clearly defining the “current level of political culture of certain representatives of the U.S. government”.

The full text of the interview is available on the website tass.ru

Russia’s actions in Syria

Russian aircraft since September 30, strikes against the “Islamic state” in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the grouping of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation in this country includes more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the latest su-34 and su-30SM. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.