Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vow to narrow down his country’s military presence in Syria, a US Army official says Russia has sent its most advanced stealth fighter jet to Syria.







A Russian Sukhoi Su-57

A Russian Sukhoi Su-57 Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Russian Air Force has sent its most advanced fighter jet to Syria, a US Army official confirmed on Saturday.

According to the official, the Sukhoi Su-57 stealth jet has been placed at the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria. Several Russian media outlets have reported that two other jets were sent to Syria as well.

A Russian parliament member has welcomed the move, saying it could deter other countries which send their jet to fly above Syria. He added, however, that he cannot officially confirm the reports.

This move comes despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vow to narrow down his country’s military presence in Syria. Pentagon Spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway told CNN that “the addition of fifth-generation fighters into Syria would certainly not be in keeping with Russia’s announced force drawdown.”