Russian Ships 'Able to React' in Case of Syria Escalation

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Russian naval vessels in the Mediterranean are capable of reacting to an escalation in the Syria conflict, a military source said Wednesday, as Moscow fine tunes its maritime presence ahead of possible U.S. military action.

"Today we consider our presence in the eastern Mediterranean to be sufficient to solve the tasks. If necessary, together with submarine forces, they (the ships) are capable even today of influencing a military situation," a general staff source told the Interfax news agency.

"We are ready to solve sudden task. For that, the naval group is being corrected for the corresponding variants of the outcome of events," the source added, without giving further details.

According to Interfax, the Russian destroyer Smetlivy will soon join the group in the Mediterranean as well as the destroyer Nastoichivy.

The anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev has already entered its zone of operation as the flagship of the current rotation of the naval grouping in the Mediterranean, a military source told the agency.

The missile cruiser Moskva, from the Black Sea fleet, has now left its assignment in the northern Atlantic and is now on its way to the eastern Mediterranean.

On arrival it will assume the role as the Russian flagship, Interfax said.

Already in place in the eastern Mediterranean are the frigate Neustrashimy, as well as the landing ships Alexander Shabalin, the Admiral Nevelsky and the Peresvet.

They will be joined by the large landing ships Novocherkassk and Minsk on September 5-6, Interfax said. As previously reported, the reconnaissance ship Priazovye is also on its way to join the group.

The U.S. already has a strong naval presence in the region and the possible U.S. military action launched against Syria is widely expected to be launched from the sea.

Russia has kept a constant presence in the eastern Mediterranean during the Syrian crisis, rotating its group every few months.

Russia also has a naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, an heirloom from Moscow's close relationship with Damascus under the Soviet Union.

According to Russian media reports, Russian naval personnel have largely now been withdrawn from the base, a modest but hugely strategic facility which Moscow calls a "point of military-technical supply of the Russian Navy."

Moscow vehemently opposes U.S.-led plans for military action against the regime of Bashar Assad in response to an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus, warning it risks destabilizing the entire region.

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Missing gabby14 04 September 2013, 18:58

Russian ships won't do anything. Assad's gold is gone. They will sell him at the G20 for rights to the navy base and some oil drilling in the Med. ASSad is finished and the Russians know it. The Hezz will be on the losing side of a war.....what will they do? Declare devine victory again?

Thumb bustany 04 September 2013, 22:23

You are smart man! your words reminding me of the intellect looks on the Saudi king face!

Default-user-icon Beetroot (Guest) 06 September 2013, 01:47

Oh Gabby14, I didn't know that "The Hezz" was still even around - especially after their neighbour "declared divine victory" over and eradicated them back in 2006. That's good to know - thanks for letting us know they have not been wiped off the face of the map or driven into the ocean or anything like that. You clearly have a sharp eye.

Default-user-icon freecitizen (Guest) 04 September 2013, 19:08

Hope they don't sink or explode, than the west comes to rescue them as they always as they always did in the past

Default-user-icon hanna (Guest) 04 September 2013, 22:26

you are correct...all the russian posturing is to bring the price up...
All they care about

Default-user-icon ussy (Guest) 04 September 2013, 22:32

we're praying for the U.S strike on syria, because the mmoment they strike the moment they collapses which will ended the being of u.S the world supper power

Thumb Mordekaiser 05 September 2013, 09:48

Underestimating someone is the smartest thing you can do in a fight ;)

Thumb Mordekaiser 05 September 2013, 09:49

Underestimating someone is the smartest thing you can do in a fight ;)

Default-user-icon John Roberts (UK) (Guest) 06 September 2013, 04:01

Looking at the operational capabilities of the Russian navy group/marines that is off the Syrian coast I think it is possible to divine Russian intentions vis-a-vis both the western-backed insurgents and the US navy/marines. I think it's largely for show and to aid in evacuations and guarding its base in the region, also possibly intelligence gathering and to allow possible limited ground operations against or in defence of specific targets (specifically the securing of NBC weapons depots and key Russian supplied weapon systems that they don't want to fall into US or insurgent hands).

Default-user-icon John Roberts (Guest) 06 September 2013, 04:06

Looking at the operational capabilities of the Russian navy group/marines that is off the Syrian coast I think it is possible to divine Russian intentions vis-a-vis both the western-backed insurgents and the US navy/marines. I think it's largely for show and to aid in evacuations and guarding its base in the region, also possibly intelligence gathering and to allow possible limited ground operations against or in defence of specific targets (specifically the securing of NBC weapons depots and key Russian supplied weapon systems that they don't want to fall into US or insurgent hands).

Default-user-icon Neutral Norman (Guest) 06 September 2013, 14:14

Good to see the Russians at least trying to limit the overt aggression of the US military, however well intentioned.
Those Russian 'Sunburn' supersonic anti ship cruise missiles on their destroyers should give the US navy boys pause for thought anyway.

Default-user-icon Dante Ardenz (Guest) 06 September 2013, 23:10

Let me assure the Armchair Commanders who follow the US/Zionist line here. Russia, and China will not tolerate this. The world knows how absurd this is.. The attacking of a sovereign nation Syria; first by backing vicious terrorists, and now when they are loosing, starting a war... Russia is capable enough.. Its Anti Ship Missiles the BEST in the world.. Plus they have truth,and will on their side.. The USA/Israel are run by evil.. See: Brovids.COM... THE UGLY TRUTH.COM..