Russian Defense Minister calls long-range drones 'a serious threat' for military targets in Syria

At a meeting with the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has said that long-range drones being used by militants in Syria are "a serious threat," reports Interfax.

"A new type of terrorist threat has appeared in Syria - unmanned aerial vehicles, the range of which is more than 100 kilometers. They are a very serious threat," Shoygu said. He expressed his willingness to share his experience fighting drones with the Myanmar military.

Shoygu arrived in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, on January 20 for an official visit. This has been reported by the television channel Zvezda. During the talks, the head of the Ministry of Defense noted "the positive dynamics of Russia and Myanmar in the military sphere." The minister also stressed that "an additional impetus was the signing in 2016 of an inter-departmental agreement on military cooperation."

Militants attempted to attack the Russian airbase in Khmeimim, Syria during the night of January 6 using drones. However, Russian military personnel managed to fend off the attack.

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