In a footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry, Russian fighter jets are seen launching long-range cruise missiles to destroy alleged positions of al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Syria. The aircrafts took off from an unidentified air base located in Russia. As seen in the footage, they are refeulled twice en route to the Mediterranean Sea from where they released the cruise missiles. The strikes have reportedly destroyed rebels’ ammunition depots and a plant for weapons production, said the Defence Ministry.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the country’s airstrikes in Syria are limited. In a statement to the media at an economic summit in Lima, Peru, Lavrov said Russian and Syrian air forces are working together to thwart any attempts by Islamic State militants to crossover from Mosul into Syria.”Our air force and the Syrian air force work only in the provinces of Idlib and Homs to prevent the Isil who might be leaving Mosul from getting to Syria,” Lavrov said.