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Russia adds fighter-jet escorts to all future airstrikes in Syria

Russian bombers will be accompanied by fighter aircraft on all future combat missions in Syria, according to Russia's General Staff. 

Following the loss of a Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft, Moscow has ordered a series of additional measures to strengthen its defenses in Syria. Notably, the "Mosvka" battle cruiser will begin sentry duty along the coast of Latakia, where Russia operates an airbase. 

Russia has also announced the suspension of all military contacts with Turkey.

“We warn that any targets presenting any potential danger to us will be destroyed,” a representative of Russia's General Staff said.


For more on the downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish Air Force, see Turkey kills a Russian jet: What we know about the downed Sukhoi Su-24 in Syria