Agreement on bases in Syria to serve strengthening of stability in Middle East — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 21:18
Trump's inaugural address: When America is united, America is totally unstoppableWorld January 20, 20:57
Hermitage chief: New Palmyra destruction comes across as militants' vengeanceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 20:29
Russia's first deputy PM wants to keep current tax system for next political cycleBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:53
Russia’s Shipulin clinches gold in 20km individual race of IBU World Cup stage in ItalySport January 20, 19:18
Prominent Russian adventurer Konyukhov to take samples from Mariana Trench floorSociety & Culture January 20, 19:15
Gazprom CEO says North Stream-2 pipeline proves relevanceBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:10
More survivors found in avalanche-hit Italian hotel — mediaWorld January 20, 18:48
Donald Trump takes office as 45th US PresidentWorld January 20, 18:21
MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has no information about the use of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) by militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, this type of weapon has not been used so far, chief of the main operations directorate of the Russian General Staff, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov said in an interview published by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Friday.
"We have got information that MANPADS are present there, but we have not seen their practical use. So the appearance of such weapons among the militants may testify to somebody’s imprudent approach to this issue," the official said.
Asked if he meant the potential supplies to the militants of the American MANPADS Stinger, Kartapolov replied: "Possibly."
Russia launched an air operation against terrorists in Syria on September 30 at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Russian Aerospace Force’s aviation grouping comprises over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the newest Sukhoi Su-34 warplanes, Su-30SM fighter jets, modernized Su-24M bombers and Su-25SM attack aircraft, as well as the Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. The Russian Navy has also delivered strikes from the Caspian Sea on the night to October 7 against militants’ objectives in Syria, using Kalibr long-range cruise missiles.
At the same time, Russia has no plans to participate in ground operations in Syria.