Russian TV forecasts ‘good weather for bombing’ in Syria
A female forecaster told viewers that Syria’s weather in October was ‘ideal for carrying out operational sorties’
Russian TV has taken its gung-ho coverage of air strikes in Syria to another level by airing cheery weather forecasts for its fighter jets bombing Syria.
A female forecaster on the state-owned Rossiya 24 rolling news channel told viewers that Syria’s weather in October was “ideal for carrying out operational sorties.”
Standing in front of an image of a bomber and the headline “Flying weather,” the forecaster gave a straight-faced analysis of the perfect conditions for bombing.
Light cloud cover “will not make flying more difficult and will not influence the systems for aiming weapons,” she told viewers on Saturday.
“Experts note the time for the start of the air operation (in Syria) is chosen very well,” the forecaster said, flicking between weather charts and defense ministry footage of strikes.
The forecast came after the same channel ran a similarly sunny forecast on Thursday after the first Russian strikes, promising stable meteorological conditions.
“From today, Syria has become another Russian region and is included on the weather,” commented one Twitter user.
“Even in the USSR they didn’t get propaganda into the forecasts,” wrote reader Tatyana Karagova on the Novaya Gazeta opposition newspaper’s website.
It is not the first time in recent years that Russia’s weather has gone political. TV channels swiftly including Crimea in their forecasts after it was annexed by Moscow in March last year.
One forecaster on Rossiya 24 warned of clouds gathering over eastern Ukraine and a “wind of change” shortly after pro-Kremlin protesters declared a people’s republic in the city of Donetsk in April last year.
The Syria air strikes have eclipsed previous wall-to-wall coverage of the conflict in Ukraine.
As Russia and Iran flex muscle in Syria, the U.S. is short on optionsAdded to U.S. reluctance, the regional scene couldn't have been more favorable for Iran and Moscow to step in Features
Turkey warns Russia over airspace violationThe Turkish military said a MiG-29 fighter jet, used by both Russia and Syria, had harassed two of its F-16s Middle East
UK blasts Russia ‘asymmetric warfare’ in SyriaBritain’s Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said Russia is using ‘strong propaganda’ to mask up strikes in Syria Middle East
Erdogan: Russia making ‘grave mistake’ in SyriaErdogan said given Moscow’s friendly relations with Turkey, its actions in Syria are ‘worrying and disturbing’ Middle East
Russia says its planes struck 10 ISIS targets in SyriaIt said the strikes, conducted by SU-34, SU-24M and SU-25 planes, had hit targets in the Idlib and Raqqa Middle East
As Russia raises the stakes in Syria, what role can Turkey now play?'Turkey has a valuable contribution to bring to the efforts on a political settlement in Syria' Features
French PM: Russia must not hit ‘wrong targets’ in SyriaFrench Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged Russia to direct air strikes at ISIS militants alone in Syria Middle East
Egypt supports Russia’s military moves in SyriaRussia has launched strikes in Syria in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, marking an escalation in Syria Middle East
Russia warned U.S. ‘ahead of latest Syria strikes’Moscow would also increase its air strikes on terrorists in Syria, a senior Russian army official said on Saturday Middle East
Obama vows to not engage in Syria ‘proxy war’Obama said U.S. military engagement will not solve political problems and Russia’s intervention in Syria is a ‘recipe for disaster’ Middle East