Russian and Syrian fighter jets first conducted joint patrols along the Golan Heights and along the Euphrates River, a move believed to be a deterrent to Israel.
Ministry of Defense Russia On January 24, it was announced that the Russian fighter jets taking off from the Khmeimim base had joined the fighter jets Syria Taking off from Sekar and Dumayr airports on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, they carried out joint patrol missions in various areas of the airspace of the Middle Eastern countries.
The Russian Air Force deployed Su-34 bombers, Su-35S heavy fighter jets and early warning aircraft, while the Syrian army deployed MiG-23 and MiG-29 fighter jets. “The plane moved along the Golan Heights, the southern border of Syria, the Euphrates and the north of the country,” the Russian military said in a statement.
“Syrian pilots control the airspace and provide support to their comrades, while Russian aircrews practice their skills in hitting ground targets at a training ground in central Syria. Pilots of both countries have established them in coordinated operations in many cases. skills. Such joint missions will be held regularly from now on,” the Russian military said.
The patrol was the first joint training exercise between the Russian and Syrian air forces.Military experts say this is Israel, especially when it happened near the Tel Aviv-controlled Golan Heights.
Joint patrols by Russian and Syrian fighter jets could force Israel to reconsider airstrikes on neighboring territory, military expert Thomas Nudick said.
According to Newdick, the joint patrol shows that Russia is working more closely with Syria to protect its airspace. Previously, Russia had maintained a “no response” policy when Israel carried out airstrikes on targets in Syria.
The Golan Heights is approximately 1,800 square kilometers wide and borders Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, and is a strategically located area at nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. The army stationed here can cover the entire southern Syria, northern Israel and southern Lebanon.
It has been part of Syria since the country was recognized as an independent republic in 1944. During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria used the Golan Heights to bombard Israel, prompting Israeli troops to counterattack and advance into the Golan, occupying about 1,200 square kilometers.
During the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, Syria tried unsuccessfully to retake the land through surprise attacks. Israel occupied another 510 square kilometers, but a year later the two sides agreed to a ceasefire line and a demilitarized buffer zone, supervised by UN peacekeepers, to return it.
Israel passed a law in 1981 incorporating the occupied territories into its territory. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council sees the Golan Heights as part of Syria and passed Resolution 242, calling on Israel to withdraw from all territories occupied in the 1967 war, including the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Wu Ying (follow TASS)