"...It is a odd coincidence that during a UAV attack on the Russian military facilities in Syria, a US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was cruising for more than four hours over the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 7,000 meters", a source within the Russian Defense Ministry said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Putin's pledge to withdraw Russian troops after the alleged defeat of IS in Syria came as the Russian military augmented its operations in support of the Syrian government forces, consolidating their control over rebel enclaves in the country.
The Free Alawites said they had attacked with drones armed with grenades and with rockets and succeeded in destroying a Russian S-400 missile launcher - contradicting the Russian claims that they suffered no damage.
Russian Federation said that a recent drone attack against its military base in Syria would not have been possible without assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology.
Syrians in Idlib remain pessimistic about their prospects in the province, however.
The fixed-wing drone resembled an oversize toy aircraft and appeared to have been cheaply assembled from a type of plywood, said Aaron Stein of the Washington-based Atlantic Council.
The ministry said training by advanced countries is necessary to accurately conduct GPS-guided attacks.
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"The drones look to me like a DIY project, and decidedly low-tech", he said.
A Russian airbase in western Syria was targeted by opposition fighters for the second time in two weeks on Saturday, as rebels to bomb the military site with drones.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes attacked several suburbs of Damascus, including Saqba, where a man and a child were killed and 13 others were wounded.
Russian Federation claims the drones used in the attacks had a range of about 30 to 60 miles and on Wednesday said they were launched from the village of Muwazarra, about 50 miles away from Hmeimim.
It is noted that in connection with this incident, the Russian Defense Ministry had sent letters to the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Gen. Hulusi Akar, and Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan.
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