The Russian military re-examine the option of involvement in Syria’s strategic aviation, which bombed areas near Aleppo, where the militants, reports “Kommersant” with reference to informed sources.
However, as the newspaper notes, the final decision will be made on the results of the consultations in the General staff.
Yesterday morning in the Syrian province of Idlib was shot down by Russian Mi-8 helicopter, on Board of which were five people: three crew members and two officers of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria. They all died. As reported by the defense Ministry, the helicopter crashed “the shelling from the ground”, when he returned to the base Hamim after the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Aleppo.
Bordering the East of Aleppo, Idlib province, where the helicopter was shot down, is under the control of banned terrorist groups “dzhebhat an-Nusra”, said the chief of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces of Russia Sergey rudskoy.
According to sources, “Kommersant”, the last time in the area of Aleppo, there is “a significant flow of militants and those who call themselves opposition”. In this regard, the Russian su-24M bombers, multipurpose su-30CM and su-35S and helicopters will form bigger burden, says the source publication.
In July the Russian army had been used in Syria long-range bombers Tu-22M3 for strikes on positions “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization) to the East of Palmyra, es-Sohne and Arak. This happened after the crash in Syria, another helicopter of the Russian HQs.
However, the Kremlin refused to call strikes Tu-22M3 an act of retaliation for pilots of Mi-25.