Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Colonel General Sergei #Rudskoy holds briefing for mass media on situation in #Syria
#Rudskoy: USA alongside its allies conducted a missile strike by its air and naval carriers targeting military and civil facilities of #SYRIA on April 14 at 3.42 am - 5.10 am (MSK). Russian AD systems at #Khmeimim and #Tartus air base timely located and controlled all launches
#SYRIA #Rudskoy: B-1B, F-15 and F-16 aircraft, USAF, as well as Tornado airplanes, UK RAF, over the Mediterranean Sea, and the USS Laboon and USS Monterey, in the Red Sea, were used during the operation. Announced French aircraft have not been registered
#SYRIA #Rudskoy: 103 cruise missiles have been launched, including Tomahawk naval-based missiles, GBU-38 guided air bombs fired by the B-1B; the F-15, F-16, and Tornado aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles
#SYRIA #Rudskoy: Syrian air defence systems, which are primarily the USSR-made, have successfully countered the air and naval strikes. In total, 71 cruise missiles have been intercepted by the S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat, and Osa systems
#Rudskoy: several years ago given the strong request by our western partners, Russia opted out of supplying S-300 AD systems to #SYRIA.Taking into account recent incident, Russia believes it possible to reconsider this issue not only regarding Syria but other countries as well
#Rudskoy: attacked #Syrian airbases: Duwali- 4 msl, all downed; Al-Dumayr - 12 msl, all downed, Blai – 18 msl, all downed; Shayrat - 12 msl, all downed. 5 out of 9 msl were downed targeting unoccupied Mazzeh airbase, and 13 out 16 msl countered targeting Homs airdrome
#SYRIA: 7 out of 30 missiles targeting facilities near Barzah and Jaramana were shot down. The facilities allegedly related to the so-called “Damascus military chemical programme”. The objects have not been used for a long time, so there were no people and equipment there.
#SYRIA #Rudskoy: The Russian air defence systems have been alerted. Fighter jets are on combat air patrol now. There were no cruise missiles entering the Russian AD responsibility area. Russian air defence systems were not applied.
#Rudskoy: strike is a response to success of SAA liberating #Syria from international terrorism, rather than a response to alleged chemical attack. The strike took place when OPCW special mission was to start investigating in #Douma where chemical attack allegedly occurred
#Rudskoy: US aggression proves that the USA is not interested in objectivity of the investigation, seeks to wreck peaceful settlement in #Syria and destabilize environment in the region. It has nothing to do with declared objectives of countering international terrorism

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