“It was a rather Russian thing to do.”
With all of the bluster from Obama, the Russians are probably telling them to use the assets, and don’t get them taken out on the ground, like everyone else has done against us.
And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this was directed from Armavir.
The soviets did this stuff a lot during the cold war. It’s recon, but also has a psychological effect. Curious that they directed it towards Cyprus. Maybe Syria (Russia) doesn’t quite believe the Brits are sitting this one out completely.