Zev Porat

Monday, September 16, 2013

Russia adds 3 ships to naval fleet near Syria, more than doubling U.S. presence

Russia's Moskva guided-missile cruiser.  /RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov

MOSCOW — The Russian Navy plans to send a task force to the eastern Mediterranean that would outnumber the U.S. presence in the region.

The Russian Navy said it would deploy 10 warships in the eastern Mediterranean near Syria. Officials said seven surface vessels were already in the region.

"The tasks are very clear: to avoid the slightest threat to the borders and national security," Russian Navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said


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