Diplomat says UN may act as mediator at Astana talks between Damascus and oppositionRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 17, 21:31
Expert believes Brexit to bring UK closer to USWorld January 17, 20:29
Italian Foreign Ministry: It is necessary to assess conditions for returning to G8 formatWorld January 17, 20:04
Russia hopes ECHR will cancel its ruling on Dima Yakovlev Law — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 17, 19:35
Preserving Moldova's neutrality impossible without partnership with Russia — presidentWorld January 17, 19:10
OPEC to monitor oil production, export — Saudi Arabian Energy MinisterBusiness & Economy January 17, 18:57
Group of Sukhoi-24M bombers to return from Syria soon — Defense MinistryMilitary & Defense January 17, 18:50
Russian reconciliation center reports over 1,130 Syrian settlements join ceasefireWorld January 17, 18:47
Over 5,000 Syrians get medical aid from Russian doctorsWorld January 17, 18:37
MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Russian fighter aircraft have gone on combat duty to perform air defense missions at airfields in the Central Military District where the large-scale Center-2015 strategic exercise is taking place, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Tuesday.
"The crews of Sukhoi Su-27 [NATO reporting name: Flanker] and Mikoyan Mig-31BM [Foxhound] aircraft went on combat duty in a standard ceremony at airfields in the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Perm Territory in the Urals. The aircraft placed on combat duty were refueled and prepared for their take-off," the Defense Ministry said.
Fighter jets are ready to accomplish any mission, including providing aircraft escort, intercepting a simulated enemy’s aircraft or cruise missiles, delivering missile and bomb strikes against ground targets, forcing frontier intruders to land and some others, the Defense Ministry added.