Hmeimim incident aimed at undermining Russian ties with partners, including Turkey - Putin

"We clearly understand that and therefore we will show solidarity," Putin said
Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:26

The terrorists' drone attacks on Russian military facilities in Syria are an attempted provocation aimed at undermining Russia's relations with its partners, including Turkey, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"Firstly, these are provocations aimed at the collapse of the earlier reached agreements. Secondly, that is also an attempt to destroy our relations with partners - Turkey and Iran. We clearly understand that and therefore we will show solidarity," Putin said at a meeting with heads of Russian media outlets.

The Russian leader also said that the attacks had been thoroughly planned.

"Concerning the attacks, we have no doubts that they had been well prepared, we know when and where these drones were transferred, as well as the number of drones," Putin added.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that an attempt by terrorists to attack Russian military facilities in Syria with combat drones had been disrupted on January 6.