677381 05/27/2010 The Guards Missile Cruiser "Moskva" arriving at a Pacific Fleet's harbor. Vitaliy Ankov/Sputnik

677381 05/27/2010 The Guards Missile Cruiser “Moskva” arriving at a Pacific Fleet’s harbor. Vitaliy Ankov/Sputnik

Russia has deployed a missile cruiser near Latakia and is ready to take down any aerial targets threatening its airbase near the Syrian city, with long-range surface-to-air missiles.

The move was announced on Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber conducting an anti-terrorist mission in Syria. Ankara claims it engaged the warplane over a violation of Turkey’s airspace, but Moscow denies any violation and accused Turkey of aiding terrorists in Syria.

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