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    Russian MoD Slams US Media Allegations of Increased Military Presence in Syria

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    Russian Ministry of Defense has denied the reports made by the US media alleging that Russia has increased its military presence in Syria, according to Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

    Earlier, the US TV channel FoxNews aired a report saying that Russia had been allegedly stepping up its military presence in Syria. One of two US officials quoted in a Fox News report on Wednesday claimed that "we have seen new things coming in" from Russia to Syria.

    Russian Defense Ministry is already implementing measures to reduce Russian military grouping in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    "The Russian Defense Ministry implements measures to reduce the groups of Russian troops (forces) in accordance with the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces," Konashenkov said.

    He pointed out that the Northern Fleet carrier group including the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy carrier, as well as more than 40 aircraft from the surface ship aviation that was used to conduct strikes on international terrorist organizations, started their withrawal on January 6.

    "By the way, Fox news, as well as almost all media outlets in the world, reported it in their news program," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    He pointed out that first six Su-24 bombers have been redeployed to Russia from the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

    The withdrawal of some aircraft, as well as flight and engineering staff from Syria is planned to be completed in the near future, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    Russian air group at the Hmeymim airbase now includes four Su-25 aircraft as part of a scheduled rotation, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov noted.

    "As part of the planned rotation of aircraft, four Su-25 attack aircraft from Russia, equipped with modern navigation and sighting systems, were really made part recently of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airbase," Konashenkov said.

    The decision to cut Russia's military presence in Syria was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the recommendation of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on December 29.

    Russia and Turkey are guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force last week, and has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution last Saturday supporting the effort.

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    • slimyfox
      Russia is all the time on defensive just because it enters in discussion with every single bias and outright hostile MSM as that these imbeciles have some monopoly over the truth and Russian government is obliged to comment every their even most idiotic or bias comment or statement.

      Russia should simply state whatever they have to state on their part relating to some issue concerning their politics, diplomacy, industry, defence, and so on, but always only that what relates to internal Russian consequences and then keep quiet.

      In such case as above Russia should absolutely ignore and give no comments what so ever as truth is only one but there is endless number of lies. Now trying to defend your self against every single off them as Russia is all the time doing since Maidan coup in Ukraine. Russia is constantly defending itself instead ignoring that what is irrelevant such as MSM.

      Only comments should be given on direct question in right format and right place not through media. Russia needs to keep dignity and when confronted with question why they did not react on certain false statement, the answer should be precise to the point and humiliation of false info issuer has to be ensured by naming a source directly as mentally ill and and compulsory liar and saying that when they bring a shred of real evidence they will be able to discuss the matter, till then Russia will not enter in idiotic and brainless discussions with intellectually derailed journalists and politicians.

      That kind of brutal answer would be too humiliating for questioner, that they would prefer not to either come to press conference and make stupid questions to be so badly humiliated or simply they would become very careful what to write if they want to gather new fresh information from Russian side.

      This stupid game of "Chasey, chasey, catchy,catchy, kissy, kissy" is counterproductive and outright childish. If they are brainless idiots than no comment no matter how nice will change their opinion, as all they want to see is to write bullshit as much as possible, and that is what they will eventually do.
    • ivanwa88
      Good lord a second excellent post and summary of media strategy preached by some knowledgeable posters in part thereof succinctly composed by the 'slimyfox' your mental dexterity and balance has reached lofty heights again after many many months of depressive comment, and no blame on the master.
      I also gave you a tick! well thought through article/post. Although the style has changed somewhat is this the work of a talented sibling?
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