The Russian military is not deployed in the area of the Syrian Palmyra no new military bases, said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov. According to him, Western media has adopted a “new military base” a temporary camp of the International mine action centre of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
“No “new Russian bases on the territory of the Syrian Palmyra was not there. Published on UNESCO satellite images of the territory of this district mentioned by the AP, set a temporary camp (settlement) units to International mine centre of the Russian Armed Forces, previously involved in the clearance of historic Palmyra, and today the village of Tadmor,” — said Konashenkov.
However, he clarified that the deployment of this temporary camp was coordinated with the Ministry of culture and other governmental agencies of Syria, the camp will be there until the end of mine.
“In a temporary camp in addition to residential modules is also placed a field hospital providing medical assistance to the local population and the field bakery plant, whose products are also distributed to the Syrians,” — said the representative of the Ministry of defense.
The defense Ministry statement came a few hours after the Associated Press reported that the Russian military is building a new military base in Palmyra. AP has invoked the data protection Initiatives cultural heritage at the American school of Oriental research, according to which the base is located in the protective area of the archaeological monument under UNESCO protection.
While on the organization’s website published pictures of the American company DigitalGlobe, which distributes satellite data. They are traces of the construction work, which, according to the company, are manufactured on the outskirts of the archaeological site.
ISIS captured Palmyra in the summer of 2015. Terrorists have destroyed churches and Bela Balsamina, and a triumphal arch erected by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus at the turn of the II—III centuries of our era. Syrian troops liberated Palmyra in March 2016 with the support of Russian aviation. Mine-the city and the archaeological site was carried out by Russian sappers, who found and destroyed a large Arsenal left by the militants.