Russian jets in Syria are carrying air-to-air missiles “for self defence” after the downing of one of their warplanes by Turkey.
Russia’s air force said Su-24 jets – of the type shot down near the Syrian border last week – have flown with an air-to-air weapons system for the first time.
Defence official Igor Klimov said the missiles were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 37 miles (60km).
It comes as the US ambassador to NATO confirmed that his country’s intelligence supports Turkey’s view that the down Russian jet violated Turkish airspace on November 24.
Turkey’s Prime Minister continued to refuse to apologise for shooting down the Su-24 on Monday as the diplomatic spat between the two countries intensified… see more