Russia apparently deployed two advanced new stealth fighters to Syria in what analysts called a move by Moscow to signal its support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad despite mounting international pressure to halt his brutal onslaught against the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta.
The reputed appearance of two new stealth Su-57 fighter jets comes at crucial time for Russian forces, following reports of 300 Russian mercenary casualties at the hands of U.S. forces in Syria earlier this month.
“I think they’d do this as a warning to the United States, and a reassurance to Assad,” said Patrick Cronin, Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. “They’ve just suffered a serious setback, by all accounts.”
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