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Russia tells US to think 'carefully' before striking Syrian army

Russia's Ministry of Defence today said the US should carefully consider the consequences of strikes on Syrian army positions because such strikes would obviously threaten Russian servicemen.

Commenting on Russia's S-300 air defence complexes recently deployed to Syria, the ministry said in a statement that its crews would hardly have time to detect the exact flight paths of missiles or from what direction they were launched.

The ministry also mentioned a more sophisticated air defence system, the S-400, which safeguards Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria.

The Syrian army also has at its disposal efficient air defence systems, including the S-200 and Buk, the defence ministry said, adding that its combat readiness has been restored over the past year.

Earlier today, Russia said it supports an idea voiced by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura of escorting ex-Nusra fighters out of Aleppo, TASS news agency quoted a Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa as saying.

"It's high time," TASS quoted Mikhail Bogdanov as saying in reference to Mistura's proposal.

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