Military should destroy any targets threatening Russian forces in Syria: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the military should “immediately destroy” any targets threatening its forces in Syria.


He said Friday at a meeting with top military brass that the Russian military base in Syria has been beefed up with additional aircraft and air defense weapons.

The buildup followed the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border on Nov. 24. Without naming Turkey, Putin warned anyone against “further provocations,” saying the military will respond in “the toughest way.”