Russia has denied news reports about intentions to set up a second air base in Syria.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov was quoted by news agencies as saying that the military had no intention to set up any additional air base in Qamishli in Syria.
Konashenkov emphasized that Russian warplanes based at Hemeimeem can reach any location in Syria in a half-hour, so there is no need for any additional base.
The Russian air blitz has helped Syrian President Bashar Assad's army to launch offensives and seize some key areas from the opposition in recent weeks.
The recent gains have strengthened the Syrian government's hand before planned peace talks with the opposition, expected to start on January 29.