Belgian F-16 fighter, 2014
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Two Belgian F-16 that struck the village of Hassidic in the province of Aleppo on October 18, took off from the airfield in Jordan and twice refueled in the air by us aircraft. This was at the briefing said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov, reports TASS. According to him, all the statements of Russian defense Ministry about the involvement of the Belgian air force for air strikes based on the data means of objective control.
According to him, the takeoff of military aircraft of the international coalition from the airport Al-Salti in Jordan was recorded at 1:34 GMT. Further, according to Konashenkov, the Belgian planes 2:52 MSK spent refueling from U.S. tanker KC-135 in the area of Deir ez-Zor and continued flying in a North-westerly direction. 4:19 both aircraft refueled again from an American plane KC-135.
“I want to clarify that each aircraft there are a number of unique features that allow you to identify their type,” explained General Konashenkov (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
According to the representative of the Ministry of defense, the fact that the application of the Belgian fighters of the attack on the village of Hassidic confirmed by the data of both Russian and Syrian radar, “which last year was restored.” “Russia has an effective air defense, allowing round the clock monitoring of the air situation over almost the entire territory of Syria”, — he explained and promised on Thursday to provide Belgium via military-diplomatic channels, route data of the flight of the Belgian F-16.
Konashenkov also said that “the United States has not informed Russia about the flight of aircraft of the Belgian air force, although in order to avoid any incidents in the air, as a rule, inform us about the plans of their flights to Syria” (quoted by TASS).
On Tuesday, October 18, the defence Ministry announced air strikes on the village of Hassager, on which were fixed two F-16s of the Belgian air force. Soon, the Russian foreign Ministry demanded that the US state Department statements “strongly condemning attacks on civilian targets and killing civilians.”
Thursday, October 20, in Aleppo declared a ceasefire for the evacuation of civilians and rebels. On the eve of the talks in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said they considered the situation of Aleppo a “war crime”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who held talks with Merkel and Hollande, said that Russia is ready to extend the cease of air strikes on Aleppo “as possible”, but put it in dependence on the actions of the militants.