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On Monday, Russia averted an attack by 13 drones on its Syrian installations - 10 attacking its Khmeimim air base and three of them on the Tartus naval base - according to Russia's Defense Ministry.

The ministry also said that those behind the attacks would have needed help from "countries with high technological capabilities".

"There is a real threat linked to using drones for terrorist purposes anywhere in the world", said Russian General Alexander Novikov at a press conference in Moscow.

Saying that regular drones are usually capable of carrying and dropping only low-yield explosives, the analyst told Sputnik Turkey, "UAVs which are capable of dropping bombs and projectiles used in airplane strikes are in service with the USA military". No one's quite sure who sent the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), especially as they appear to contain foreign-made parts; however, the Russians described the event in the vague terms of "a terrorist attack".

According to Novikov, creating this sort of weapon is impossible in home-made conditions.

"This particular attack is the number of drones involved against a single target and the fact that they've been launched on what appears to be a completely autonomous mission", Norton said.

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Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian MoD, said: 'The fact that the terrorists received the method to assemble the pilotless UAVs from overseas shows that the threat is not only in Syria.

Novikov didn't blame any specific country, but the Defence Ministry earlier referred to the "strange coincidence" of a US military intelligence plane allegedly barraging over the Mediterranean near the Russian bases when the attack took place.

"Serious attention and organisation on the global level is needed to neutralise such threats", he added.

The ministry also said it had destroyed a stockpile of drones in Syria's Idlib province after militants used drones to attack its bases in the country last week.

Idlib has been a source of tension between regime-backer Russian Federation and rebel-supporter Turkey, with Ankara accusing the Syrian regime of stepping up its offensive on key rebel-held areas there.

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