Russia sends another navy ship towards Syria

MOSCOW Fri Sep 6, 2013 5:50am EDT

Russian Navy amphibious landing vessel ''Nikolai Filchenkov'' is docked at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Russian Navy amphibious landing vessel ''Nikolai Filchenkov'' is docked at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, June 19, 2012.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is sending the naval landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov to the eastern Mediterranean, state news agency Interfax said on Friday, reinforcing its presence near Syria.

Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, says its vessels in the eastern Mediterranean guarantee security as the United States considers launching military strikes to punish Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

"The vessel will dock in Novorossiysk where it will take special cargo on board and head to the designated area of military service in the eastern Mediterranean," Interfax quoted an unnamed navy source as saying.

It gave no more details and Russia's Defense Ministry declined immediate comment.

Nikolai Filchenkov was not among vessels that the ministry said last month would enter the Mediterranean as part of a planned rotation.

Russia says it will not get involved militarily in Syria and opposes a possible U.S. intervention, saying it would lack a mandate from the U.N. Security Council, where Moscow has blocked Western-led attempts to mount pressure on Assad.

The dispute over Syria has overshadowed a G20 summit in St Petersburg this week and there is little expectation that world powers will be able to overcome differences on the matter.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (6)
bzza wrote:
The Russians appear to be completely surrounding the American and French ships in the Med. America vessels attack Syria, Russian vessels attack American vessels, French attack ???

It’s been a while since there was a full naval battle in the Med. This one could well be the last.

Sep 06, 2013 6:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ForLiberty86 wrote:
Bzza, I think you do not know much about US Naval power. If those Russian vessels so much as breath at the US fleet wrong, the US Navy will annihilate them! And no, the Russians are not surrounding them, they are heading to port in Syria. It is actually the opposite, the US Navy is doing the surrounding. America also has subs that the Russians nor the International community does not know about lurking there in the region. Our fleet is bigger, and more advanced. So no they could never hope to surround us, especially since or two Carriers in the region are not even in the Med sea, they are in the Red sea. Trust me Russia does not want this to turn into a naval conflict, THEY WOULD LOSE!

Sep 06, 2013 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AbuLahab wrote:
Future history books would read, “The great war of the 21st century started when mercenary armies hired by Gulf Arabs in support of Salafi Jihadists attacked government forces.”

Sep 06, 2013 7:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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