Breaking: Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syria’s coast in Mediterranean – MoD

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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.

Auvergne is a ‘European multi-purpose frigate’ (FREMM) which entered the service of the French Navy in February this year. Prior to its official commissioning, the Aquitaine class warship witnessed deployment across the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The launch was detected around the same time as air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact” with a military Il-20 aircraft during an attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia. Fourteen people were on board the plane at the time of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway.

The IDF has refused to comment on the report. Despite the fact that Israel rarely acknowledges striking specific targets inside Syria, earlier this month the IDF admitted to hitting at least 202 “Iranian targets” in the country.

As tensions over Idlib rise, Turkey and Russia on Monday agreed to establish a “demilitarized zone” between militants and government troops as part of an effort to clear the remaining jihadists from Syria.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is an ugly situation. Putin ultimately works for and is responsible to the peoples of Russia. To that extent his responses and those of the Russian forces and aero-forces to the planned provocations and terror strikes of the US, NATO and especially the Israelis are strongly constrained. True or not the US, Israel and now the faithless whore France are making a show that they are prepared for and wanting a major military confrontation with Russia and also Iran..

    Is it in the interests of Russia and Putin to accept the dangerous challenge? It’s being said that each time Russia does not respond militarily to these attacks Israel and the US become more bold. So where does this scenario end? It seems from this recent maneuver that resulted in the ‘friendly fire’ killing of 15 Russian airmen that Israel and France and the US are not yet out of ideas and tactics to continue to kill and destroy in Syria and humiliate Russia. Putin has until now in these situations acted ‘the better man’ and he likely will continue to do so. Where does it end?

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