Russia has upped the ante following the shoot down of its Su-24M bomber aircraft by Turkey on Tuesday.
The Russian General Staff announced fighter jets will now accompany all of Moscow’s missions against Islamic State targets in Syria.
Additionally Moscow will deploy a warship off the Syrian coast near Latakia to strengthen the defense of its air base there, according to Sputnik.
“The General Staff is currently working out additional measures to ensure the security of the Russian air base,” said Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoi, a spokesman for the General Staff. “First: all actions of strike aircraft will be carried out only under cover of fighter planes. Second: measures will be taken to strengthen defense. To this end, the cruiser Moskva, equipped with Fort air defense system, similar to S-300, will assume position in the coastal region of Latakia. We caution that any targets, representing a potential danger for us, will be destroyed. Third: Contacts with Turkey on military lines will be discontinued.”
The Russian Su-24M was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jets. The addition of support aircraft will increase the probability Turkish aircraft will be targeted if they approach Russian bombers in the future.