NATO confirms large Russian naval force dispatched off Syria

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  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    NATO confirmed on Tuesday that Russia has indeed dispatched a large naval force to the Mediterranean off Syria, following reports of an looming attack from Assad’s forces against rebels in the Idlib, Haaretz reported.

    “The Russian Navy has dispatched substantial naval forces to the Mediterranean, including several ships equipped with modern cruise missiles,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told Haaretz in a statement on Tuesday.

    “Many NATO Allies border the Mediterranean, and our navies constantly operate there, so we monitor naval activity in the region, including that of Russia,” the statement added.

    Pro-Kremlin paper Izvestia said on Tuesday that Russia currently has 10 warships and two submarines in Syrian waters, saying this amounted to Moscow's biggest military presence there since it became involved in the conflict in 2015.

    Moscow has accused rebels of planning to stage a chemical attack in the northwestern province that would "provoke" Western strikes on its ally Damascus. It also accused British secret services of being "actively involved" in the plot.

    Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the jihadist group Tahrir al-Sham "is close to committing a very serious provocation in Idlib using chemical weapons".

    [​IMG]Syrian regime tightens noose on rebel-held Idlib

    On Monday Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov state media as saying that USS Ross, a guided-missile destroyer, is now present in the Mediterranean and that it’s armed with 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

    In April, the US, France and Britain launched joint missile strikes on Syrian targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma that left scores of people dead.

    “We will not speculate on the intention of the Russian fleet, but it is important that all actors in the region exercise restraint and refrain from worsening an already disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria,” NATO spokesperson Lungescu told Haaretz.

    “NATO is not present in Syria, but we support the efforts of the United Nations to achieve a lasting political resolution to the conflict,” she added.

    Tension between US and Russia over Syria has increased since US President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said Washington will respond "very strongly" if Syrian regime forces used chemical weapons to retake Idlib.
  2. anath

    anath I Love the Lord

    thanks for the map!
  3. athenasius

    athenasius Well-Known Member

    Which decodes to this message when you run it thru the Russian decoder ring:
    "we are about to allow Assad out of his room for some recreation with his toys and he will likely gas Idlib into near lethal oblivion but we will blame it on the rebels so that Trump gets more bad press and we get to look innocent in all this. Afterwards we will send Assad to his room again, and enjoy moving into Idlib!"
    Sowen, DanLMP, Jeri minton and 5 others like this.
  4. sara ann

    sara ann Well-Known Member

    this seems to be moving along....

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