Russia deploying ships to Mediterranean in anticipation of Syria strike
The Russian ships will have to compete with the presence of the US navy in the Med. Seen here is the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg, left, and the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman transiting the Strait of Gibraltar on August 3, 2013 on their way to the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP)
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Two large Russian ships have been sent to the east Mediterranean in order the re-assert its naval presence in the region, Interfax news agency said on Thursday.
The Russian move comes following powerful US and UK statements arguing against the need for a UN consensus for military action in Syria.
Following the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime, of which the US says it has conclusive evidence, Washington and Moscow have returned to Cold War politics over the situation in Syria, with Russia repeatedly vetoing any potential UN Security Council consensus over action in the war torn, according to the US State Department.
Thursday's announcement over the Russian ships was, according to Interfax news agency, because of the "well-known situation there [the Middle East]".
Interfax quoted a source in the Russian armed forces' general staff as saying that an anti-submarine vessel and a missile cruiser would be sent to the east Mediterranean in the upcoming days, as the Syrian crisis "required us [Moscow] to make some adjustments".
The Russian defence ministry was not immediately available to comment, according to Reuters.