Russian warships: Why are they sailin...

Russian warships: Why are they sailing toward Syria?

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#1 Sep 7, 2013
Russian warships: Why are they sailing toward Syria?

Russian warships – at least three of them – are on their way to the eastern Mediterranean waters off Syria. A Russian official says they are a means for Russian civilians to escape Syria in the event of US airstrikes. But the ships can do oh so much more.

Christian Science Monitor
Peter Grier 21 hours ago

Russian warships are gathering in the waters off Syria. According to AFP, three ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sailed through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait on Thursday: the SSV-201 intelligence-gathering ship Priazovye, and the landing ships Minsk and Novocherkassk.

More might be on the way. A frigate and another landing ship are ready to head to the eastern Mediterranean from the Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol, according to CBS News.

Why is Moscow ordering so much sea power to the region?

The Kremlin’s chief of staff says it’s to evacuate Russians from Syria if a looming US air attack makes that necessary. The presence of the ships is to “primarily” provide a means for Russian civilians to escape, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.

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