Russia, Iran deny claims Syria-bound missiles fell in Iran
A CNN report, claiming that several Russian cruise missiles targeting Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria actually landed in Iran, has been refuted by the Russian Defense Ministry, while the US State Department say they can’t confirm, RT reports.
The American broadcaster cited two unnamed US officials, who said that four Russian missiles had crashed somewhere in Iran after being launched from vessels in the Caspian Sea. The report suggested that “some buildings were damaged and civilians may have been hurt.”
This triggered a quick reaction from the Russian Defense Ministry, with spokesman Igor Konashenkov saying that all the missiles had hit their targets Wednesday.
“Unlike CNN, we don’t distribute information citing anonymous sources, but show the very missile launches and the way they hit their targets almost in real time,”Konashenkov said.
The spokesman pointed out that the missile targets are being photographed before and after being hit, while Russian drones are monitoring the situation from Syrian skies 24/7.
The high precision strikes might have been “unpleasant and surprising for our colleagues in the Pentagon,” but the fact is that “the missiles launched from the ships hit their targets,” he said.
“Otherwise one would have to acknowledge that IS facilities – located at a considerable distance from each other – exploded all by themselves,” Konashenkov said.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that he could not confirm CNN’s report, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the Iranian defense ministry rejected reports alleging that four of the 26 cruise missiles fired from Russia’s Caspian fleet at IS targets in Syria have crash-landed in Iran, saying the reports are part of the West’s “psychological warfare”.