Russia Deploys Biggest Ever Warship Force to Stop US Attack on Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia has deployed its biggest ever warship force to the Mediterranean Sea to stop the US from launching a potential strike on Syria.
It includes at least ten warships and two submarines – with more vessels on the way, Russian daily Izvestia reported on Tuesday.
Most of the ships are reported to be carrying Kalibr cruise missiles.
Izvestia cited military experts as saying the fleet will be able to support the Syrian army in Idlib.
Recently, Russia’s defense ministry said that militants in a rebel-controlled province of Syria are preparing a chemical weapons attack.
The ministry in a statement on Saturday quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Levant Liberation Committee is preparing an attack against civilians in the northwestern Idlib province to blame it on the Syrian government.
The Russian military cited its sources as saying that several containers with chlorine had been delivered to a local town and later taken to a nearby village.
The ministry also said that a private British contractor was helping the rebels to stage the attack.
The Russian statement came several days after US National Security Adviser John Bolton warned Syria’s government against using chemical weapons and vowed a tough response if that happens.