Despite orders from President Vladimir Putin on the reduction of the Russian forces in Syria, Moscow on the contrary increases its presence in the region. It is reported by Fox News, citing two us officials.
According to them, last week, Russia transferred to Syria, four attack aircraft to the airbase Hamim. According to one of interlocutors of the channel, the planes stayed in Iran for refueling.
December 29, 2016, Putin said that he agreed with the proposal of the Minister of defence Sergei Shoigu on the reduction of military presence in Syria.
6 January 2017 chief of staff of the Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov said that the defense Ministry has begun cutting groupings in accordance with the presidential decree.