Russia refutes reports intercepting Israeli warplanes over Lebanon

MOSCOW, Russia’s Defense Ministry denied Monday reports of interception of Israeli F-16 warplanes by Russian Su-34 fighter bombers over Lebanon.

Sources in the Russian Defense Ministry described the news as “untrue,” according to TASS news agency.

“The Su-34 bombers of the Russian force in Syria are not used to intercept aerial targets nor perform missions in Lebanon’s airspace,” the sources said.

Earlier today, Israeli media reported that Russian S-34 warplanes were sent to intercept two Israeli F-16 aircraft in the Lebanese airspace and forced them to change their flight route.

In 2015 Russia sent fighter jets to Syria to help President Bashar Assad regime. In the last few months, Russia and the Syrian regime have increased bombings against opposition fighters in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta, forcing them to leave the two areas. (end) as.aa

Source: Kuwait News Agency