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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2018 10:10 p.m. PST

… Strikes Against Syrian Targets In Latakia

"Russian airspace control systems have registered missile launches from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

The French Navy's newest frigate, FS Auvergne, fired rockets around 8pm GMT Monday, the Russian military said. "Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne," the ministry's statement read. The Auvergne is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria…."

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john snelling18 Sep 2018 3:33 a.m. PST

France denied the accusations.
The Russian aircraft was shot down by friendly fire.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2018 5:53 a.m. PST

So, the French are responsible… I thought it was Israel's fault, somehow? (Even though it was Syria that actually did it.)

The Middle East can be a very confusing place.

28mm Fanatik18 Sep 2018 7:14 a.m. PST

The Russians have an air base in Latakia with SU-35 Flanker-E's and apparently did nothing to protect their own assets. Something doesn't smell right.

jdpintex18 Sep 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

Nice looking ship. I bet the French were happy that all/some of their missiles actually launched.

Perhaps we should recycle the usual Russian excuses from when they have "accidently" shot down someone's aircraft.

Barin118 Sep 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

The frigate was there, and they had launched several missiles, attacking some Syrian targets. Why the French are doing it now is not clear to me. RT article is not accusing them in downing of the plane, but points that the missiles were launched in similar timeframe.

Ok, Assad didn't use chemical weapons and there's an agreement on Idlib. Why the French are attacking targets in a sovereign country without any UN sanctions? I recall similar situation in Lybia didn't go too well later on…

Midlander6518 Sep 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

Based on normal Russian practice, I wonder how many of the crew of that missile battery were actually Syrian and how many were Russian Ďadvisors'.

Rather embarrassing to shoot down your own aircraft! No wonder they are looking to spread the blame by throwing mud at the French and Israelis. I predict the next claim will be that the missile was actually fired from within Ukrainian territory.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

ANALYSIS: WHAT RUSSIA'S LATAKIA CONDEMNATION MEANS FOR ISRAEL

"Russia's harsh condemnation of what it alleged was an air strike on Syria on Monday night indicates an escalation in Moscow's rhetoric. This comes after 15 Russian servicemen were killed when their IL-20 was hit by a Syrian S-200 anti-aircraft missile that mistook it for an enemy aircraft.

Russia has blamed Israel for air strikes in Syria in the past. In early April Moscow condemned Israel, and in late April said the strikes were unacceptable. But the April round of condemnations did not include the level of rhetoric of the September 18 statement. This is because Russian servicemen were not killed…."
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Dn Jackson18 Sep 2018 11:41 p.m. PST

"Why the French are attacking targets in a sovereign country without any UN sanctions?"

Perhaps because France is a sovereign nation pursuing her national interests and doesn't need/want permission from an NGO with a history of cozying up to dictators and terrorists?

Jubilation T Cornpone19 Sep 2018 1:53 p.m. PST

They'll blame Salisbury next…..

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