The northwestern province of Idlib, which borders Turkey and is largely under the control of al-Nusra Front militants, is one of the last main strongholds of Takfiri militants opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who have been driven from most of their bastions across Syria in recent years.
“Certainly, we will investigate, including a great many things: from the type of the MANPADS to the circumstances of the Su-25 downing,” Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chair of the Russian Federal Council’s Defense Committee told Interfax. “The loss of one aircraft is nothing, but politically, it has great significance and far-reaching consequences,” he added.
Syrian state media, citing a foreign ministry source, said the French foreign ministry had shown “great ignorance about what was happening in rural Idlib province”, which it said the army was fighting to “liberate from the terrorism of the Nusra Front and the other terrorist organisations that belong to it”. The statement also denied the army had targeted civilians or hospitals, as alleged by France.