Russia constructs runway, deploys military advisors in Syria’

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Sana: A report says Russia is establishing a runway in Syria’s Western Province of Latakia and has brought hundreds of its military advisers, experts, and technicians to the war-torn country.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report on Sunday “Russian forces are building a long runway capable of accommodating large aircraft near the Hmaymim military airport in Latakia Province,” adding that during the past week, Russian warplanes loaded with military equipment landed at the airport in the coastal province.

According to the UK-based monitoring group, Moscow is also working on expanding an agricultural airport in the al- Hamidiya region in the western Province of Tartous. The airport is currently used by planes that spray crops with pesticide.

The right group, citing its unnamed sources, also claimed that Russian experts were working on a plan to build a long runway in the International Airport of Damascus.

On Friday, Lavrov called for military-to-military cooperation with the US to avert “unintended incidents” as it conducted naval exercises off Syrian coast, adding that Moscow would continue arming the Syrian government in its fight against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists, urging other countries to take a similar stance and help Damascus in the battle.

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