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Turkey moves 20 tanks to its border and sends 18 fighter jets on patrol as Russia crisis continues

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Military sources from Turkey said the tanks were moved by rail to an armored brigade at its western border with Syria.

Turkey has moved 20 tanks to its border with Syria as tensions with Russia continue. Military sources from Turkey said the tanks were moved by rail to an armored brigade at its western border with Syria.

Reports also say 18 fighter jets were sent on a patrol exercise near the border.

A military source told Turkey’s Anadolu agency: “Accompanied by police and gendarmes, 20 tanks were sent by rail from Turkey’s western provinces by railway to Gaziantep in the south of the country, and then redirected to the Syrian border.”

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday morning close to the Syrian border leading to a crisis between the two countries.

Russia yesterday started bombing Syrian rebels in the area close to where its fighter jets was shot down.

Missiles have been fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean and fighters jets have also been launching raids in Syria’s Latakia province.

At least 12 air strikes hit Latakia’s northern countryside, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A Turkmen commander said missiles fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean were also hitting the area, as well as heavy artillery shelling.

It comes one day after a Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey causing a crisis between the two countries.

Hassan Haj Ali, the head of Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, a rebel group operating in western Syria, also said there were fierce battles in the area, with Russian aircraft supporting pro-government forces.

Vladimir Putin announced today he was sending an air defence system to Syria and a warship to the Mediterranean.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the advanced S-400 air defence system was being deployed to the war torn country.

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It will be taken to a Russian air base in Syria’s Latakia province.

It also emerged today that Putin is deploying a warship to the Mediterranean.

The furious Russian president has broken off military contact with Turkey and dispatched the warship. Russia says it will destroy “any targets representing a potential danger” to its military working in Syria.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Russian bombers will now also be escorted by jets while carrying out raids in Syria.

Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian military analysts , said war with Turkey was ‘most likely’.

In a tense escalation of the Middle East crisis, Putin warned Turkey – a key member of Nato and ally of Britain – of “significant consequences” .

At least one pilot is believed to have been killed near the Syrian border by rebels as the airmen parachuted from the blazing jet.

Another Russian soldier was reported dead after Syrian rebels blew up a search-and-rescue helicopter sent by Putin to find the missing pilots.

Turkey insisted the Russian SU-24 M had flown into its air space and was warned 10 times in five minutes before finally being shot down – claims furiously denied by the Russians.

(Mirror.co.uk)

 

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