Moscow (February 06, 2018): Russia has planned to fly higher to avoid being shot down by shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles after one of its jets was downed at the weekend in Syria, the Izvestia daily reported on Monday.
Syrian rebels shot the Russian SU-25 plane out of the sky on Saturday in Idlib Province. Russia’s defense ministry said the pilot ejected, fought with rebels on the ground, then blew himself up with a grenade when they got close to him.It said that such a policy had previously been in force, but that the SU-25s had for some reason started flying at lower altitudes in recent days.
“It’s extremely worrying that shoulder-launched surface-to air missiles are in the hands of the terrorists,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
He said that Russia had enough firepower left in Syria to deliver “crushing blows” to rebel forces as and when needed.Russian media have reported that Syrian and possibly Russian special forces are operating in the area where he was killed to try to retrieve his body, along with fragments of the projectile that struck his plane, to try to work out who supplied it to the rebels. (Int. News Agencies)