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    Russian Deputy Defense Minister said that Turkey must fully honor the Russian-US flight safety memorandum.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – If Turkish aircraft operate over Syria, they must fully honor the Russian-US flight safety memorandum, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Friday.

    “These assurances have been received from the United States,” Antonov told journalists.

    He said that in order to avoid a repeat of Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet in November of last year, Russia has deployed an air defense system in the region.

    “This will enable to discover threats to Russian planes in a timely manner that are completing military tasks in Syria and if necessary, take appropriate measures to provide security of their flights,” Antonov added.


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