US attacked Russia's Syria base with drones, Defense Ministry claims

The remains of a militant drone is seen on display at Khmeymim base

A US Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft controlled a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that attacked Russia's Humaymim Air Base in Syria, according to Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin.

The drones were moving in a common combat battle deployment while a U.S. Poseidon-8 military aircraft was loitering offshore near Syria, Fomin said, speaking at the plenary session of the Xiangshan security forum in Beijing.

Fomin says the drones were destroyed before they could reach the base. "He took over manual control", - said the Deputy Minister.

Following the reports, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the incident might be discussed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, which may take place on November 11.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the news "alarming" in comments to reporters later on Thursday, adding that a political response "could not be ruled out", the RBC news website reported.

It's the first time Moscow directly accuses the United States of coordinating an attack on Russian assets in Syria.

The two leaders also held talks about Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).

Immediately following the incident, Russia's Defense Ministry displayed a pair of drones that it said were captured following the attack on the Khmeimim base, saying the attack required know-how indicating it was carried out with outside assistance.

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