The Russian military managed to completely block Israeli attacks on the port of Latakia
Avia Pro: After Israeli fighter jets carried out at least two raids on the Syrian port of Latakia in December last year, ostensibly to destroy weapons supplied to Syria, thereby endangering Russian aircraft and the Russian military, it became known that Russian forces in Syria succeeded in completely blocking Israeli strikes on this region of the Arab Republic.
In Israel, they do not hide their indignation at Russia’s actions, however, the measure turned out to be extremely effective, since now instead of Syrian air defense systems, Russian air defense systems will repel attacks.
As follows from the materials presented by the Israeli newspaper Debka, Russia has deployed its units in Latakia and the port of this Syrian city, stipulating in advance that they will be here around the clock. This automatically blocked Israeli raids on the region.
Now Russian air defense systems will ensure that the Russian military is not threatened by the Israeli Air Force and, more than likely, in the event of an IDF attack, it will no longer be a question of simply intercepting Israeli missiles, since any aggressively tuned aircraft will be amazed when trying to strike at the places of deployment of Russian forces.
“On Wednesday, January 26, the Russian army in Syria deployed Russian military police forces to the port of Latakia in northern Syria. The base of these forces is located in the container zone of the port, from where the forces will make rounds throughout the port.
The military police forces of Russia are classified as special forces. With the deployment of Russian special forces in the port of Latakia and the start of joint Russian-Syrian patrol operations along the border with the Golan Heights and in southern Syria, the Russians have completed the establishment of a line of defense against Israeli airstrikes, stretching from the Khmeimim air harbor to the south of the Golan Heights., – reports the publication “Debka”.
It is also noteworthy that Russian troops are additionally deployed at the Tiyas airbase, which was also previously attacked by Israeli fighters. This indicates that Russia is serious about preventing Israel from exercising its aggression in Syria.
SF: Russian and Syrian fighter jets had conducted a joint air patrol mission along the Golan Heights and the Euphrates River, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on January 24.
In a statement, the Mod said that Russian Su-34 and Su-35 warplanes and an A-50 AEW&C [airborne early warning and control] aircraft as well as Syria’s MiG-23 and MiG-29 warplanes took part in the joint patrol, which covered the Golan Heights, the southern border, the Euphrates River and northern Syria.
“Russian pilots took off from the Hmeimim Air Base, while Syrians took off from the Seikal and Dumayr airfields outside Damascus,” the ministry said. “During the patrol mission, Syrian pilots controlled airspace and provided fighter cover, while Russian crews practiced attacks on ground targets.”
According to the statement, the two countries’ pilots developed skills for cooperation in various situations during the joint patrol.
“This kind of joint missions will now take place on a regular basis,” the Russian MoD said.
The joint aerial patrol pushed the Israeli military to limit its air campaign in Syria, according to a report by Ynet. Israeli military officials also began talks with Russian army officers to prevent any further escalation.
In December, Israel struck the port of Lattakia twice. The strikes provoked Russia who maintains a very large military presence on the Syrian coast.
The Russian-Syrian joint aerial patrols are clearly an attempt to deter Israel. While this approach limited Israel’s air campaign, it will not likely end it.