Russian President Vladimir Putin says the military should “immediately destroy” any targets threatening its forces in Syria.
He said Friday at a meeting with top military brass that the Russian military base in Syria has been beefed up with additional aircraft and air defense weapons.
The buildup followed the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border on Nov. 24. Without naming Turkey, Putin warned anyone against “further provocations,” saying the military will respond in “the toughest way.”
Putin also said that Russian action in Syria is aimed at ensuring Russia’s security from extremists.