BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Russian military may have already delivered a the S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian government, early reports indicate.
According to these early reports, at least two Russian cargo planes were spotted flying from the Mozdok Ossetia Airbase to the Hmeimim Airport in southwest Latakia.
LIVE⚠️ Russian Air Force 223rd Flight Unit Ilyushin Il-76MD plane is flying from Russian Air Force base in Mozdok Ossetia to Humaymim Russian AFB in #Latakia #Syria through Turkish airspace. pic.twitter.com/XK9OVvg28j
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) September 24, 2018
As reported by Yoruk Isik of the Bosphorus Observer, two Ilyushin IL76MD multi-purpose four-engine airlifters made their way through Turkey until they reached the Hmeimim Airport.
These two cargo planes arrived at the Hmeimim Airport just hours before the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that they were going to supply Syria with the S-300 systems.
Following the announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad to discuss a number of topics, including the downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft last Monday.
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