RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – Russian air defense systems in Syria are brought into combat mode of operation, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said at a briefing in Moscow.
“The Russian air defense forces were put into combat mode of operation, the fighter aircraft is on duty in the air,” Rudskoy said.
“None of the cruise missiles in the zone of Russian air defense systems was included, our anti-aircraft systems were not used,” he added.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump addressed an appeal to the nation, in which he announced strikes against Syria. Later strikes were confirmed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as the Elysee Palace.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that on April 14, from 3.42 Moscow time to 5.10 Moscow time, planes and ships of the US Armed Forces, together with the British and French Air Force, struck a missile strike on the military and civil infrastructure of the Syrian Arab Republic.
More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles were fired, a significant part of which was shot down by Syrian air defense means on approach to targets, RF Defense Ministry said.