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Russia will not deploy more air bases in Syria — defense ministry

December 09, 2015, 10:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A Russian general said the reports on deployment of a Russian air base near Shairat came shortly after the attack on Russia's Su-24M bomber by Turkey’s F-16 fighter jet

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. Russia is not planning to deploy additional air bases in Syria as there is no need in this, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

"There is no urgent need in deploying additional Russian air bases in Syria’s territory," Konashenkov said. One should not be a military expert to understand that the flight of any Russian plane to any remote area of Syria from the Kmeimim air base takes some 30 or 40 minutes, he added.

The spokesman said the media reports on deployment of a Russian air base near Shairat came "shortly after the attack in the Syrian sky carried out by Turkey’s F-16 fighter jet on the Russian Su-24 bomber."

In comment to the reports, Konashenkov said certain Western mass media outlets try to distract attention of the public from the November 24 tragedy by spreading various rumors.

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