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Russia sends military planes to Syria

Mig-31 fighters and Tu-22m bombers for large naval exercise since the Cold War

Russia's Air Force deployed Mikoyan Mig-31 fighter aircraft, equipped with hypersonic missiles, and Tupolev Tu-22m long-range nuclear bombers at its air base in Syria yesterday. This is a decisive move in view of the imminent start of naval exercises along the coasts of the Middle East. An initiative with an equally important symbolic value, given the continuing tensions in Ukraine with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

"On behalf of President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu, made a working trip to Damascus, where he was received by Syrian President Bashar Assad. On the runway, the Russian defense minister spoke with Russian pilots of long-range bombers", the Russian ministry announced. 

The political summit aimed to inform the Syrian Government about the exercises and discuss plans for further military-technical cooperation. The operations that will soon get underway mark the largest Russian naval deployment in the Mediterranean Sea since the Cold War.

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