Russian Jets to Escort Assad on Iran Trip: Reports

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia has proposed sending four fighter jets to escort the plane carrying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his upcoming visit to the Iranian capital, media reports said.

Russian Jets to Escort Assad on Iran Trip: Reports

According to a report carried by Al-Jazeera on Monday, four Russian warplanes will accompany the plane carrying the Syrian president during his trip to Iran.

Al-Diyar, a Lebanese newspaper close to the government of Assad, said in a recent report that Moscow had alerted the US-led coalition not to "get close to Assad's plane in order to avoid an aerial battle".

It is expected that Assad's plane will fly to Iran through Iraqi airspace, al-Diyar reported.

Al-Diyar also said the exact date would not be disclosed, citing Syrian intelligence sources.

President Assad’s visit to Tehran comes after he flew to Moscow in October for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in what was believed to be his first foreign trip since the start of a civil war in the Arab country in 2011.

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