The Russian defense Ministry last week sent to Iran and Iraq requests to use the airspace of these countries for the passage of cruise missiles, said on Monday “Interfax” citing a military-diplomatic source. Other details about the possible launch of cruise missiles, the Agency said.
Earlier on Monday, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia’s actions prevented a NATO strike on Syria 624 cruise missiles. If the blow still would have suffered, to rebuild the state structure in Syria would be extremely difficult, said Shoigu.
In the Caspian sea on August 15 began tactical exercises in which they participate, including missile ships “Tatarstan” and “Dagestan” and small missile ship “Grad svijazhsk” and “Velikiy Ustyug”, equipped with cruise missiles “Calibre”. The Ministry of defense reported that during the exercise it is planned to test the ability of the forces of the Caspian flotilla to the actions in the resolution of crisis situations that threaten the military security of the country, including those of terrorist nature.”
In November 2015, the ships of the Caspian flotilla launched cruise missiles to the terrorists of the banned in Russia organization “Islamic state” (IG) in Syria. In the operation, which President Vladimir Putin told defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, attended missile ships of “Dagestan”, “Grad Sviyazhsk”, “Uglich” and “Velikiy Ustyug”. Just released 18 cruise missiles at targets in the provinces of raqqa, Idlib, Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, all targets were struck, then said Shoigu. A source close to the defense Ministry then said that at the same time strikes with cruise missiles “Caliber” was done with a Russian diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-don” from the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not comment on it, redirecting questions to the representatives of the Ministry of defense.