The Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has visited Syria where he inspected the Russian military deployed at the Khmeimim airbase.
Shoigu also met with President Bashar Assad to discuss military cooperation and the fight against terrorism.
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According to RT:
Shoigu has met with the Syrian leader upon the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
The minister also inspected Russian Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province and also inspected the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system deployed there.
The visit was not previously announced.
“The defense minister ordered the commanders of the air base to boost comprehensive support to the locals, especially in the areas blocked by terrorists,” Konashenkov said.
The Russian defense minister has checked the combat duty at the command post of the air defense group and the launching sites of the S-400 air defense system deployed to the [Hmeimim] airbase,” Konashenkov told reporters.