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Helicopters: a new Russian base in Syria

Established about a month after the withdrawal of US troops

Russia has a new helicopter base in a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli. The news was released today by the Defense Ministry of Moscow.

Consisting of "Pantsir" missile systems and three helicopters, including two Mil Mi-35s and an Mi-8, there are also armoured vehicles, ground support teams, a meteorological center and a small medical clinic.

Pavel Remnev, a correspondent for the dicastery's television station, announced: "It is a historic moment. From today our aeronautical group will operate permanently at the airport of Qamishli".

The Russian line-up arrives about a month after the withdrawal of US troops and Russia had already in the past used rotary-wing machines to patrol an area near the border between Syria and Turkey, in order to protect the military police working on the territory.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency