Russia sends flotilla of 11 warships to eastern Mediterranean in direct challenge to US

Russia said on Tuesday that it had dispatched a flotilla of 11 warships to the eastern Mediterranean, some of which would dock in Syria. It would be the largest display of Russian military power in the region since the Syrian conflict began almost 17 months ago. Nearly half of the ships were capable of carrying hundreds of marines.

The announcement appeared intended to punctuate Russia’s effort to position itself as an increasingly decisive broker in resolving the antigovernment uprising in Syria, Russia’s last ally in the Middle East and home to Tartus, its only foreign military base outside the former Soviet Union. The announcement also came a day after Russia said it was halting new shipments of weapons to the Syrian military until the conflict settled down.

Russia has occasionally sent naval vessels on maneuvers in the eastern Mediterranean, and it dispatched an aircraft-carrying battleship, the Admiral Kuznetsov, there for maneuvers with a few other vessels from December 2011 to February 2012. There were rumors in recent weeks that the Russians planned to deploy another naval force near Syria.

But the unusually large size of the force announced on Tuesday was considered a message, not just to the region but also to the United States and other nations supporting the rebels now trying to depose Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

Tartus consists of little more than a floating refueling station and some small barracks. But any strengthened Russian presence there could forestall Western military intervention in Syria.

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  • northdallasbob

    With ineffective leadership and bias, the United States is losing it’s most important legacy….the high moral ground

  • m123s

    Broken financially; start a war. The children of Cain have been very predictable.

  • Patrick Henry

    This might be the excuse that obama needs to place this country under martial law and suspend the elections!!!! America please keep your eyes open. obama is looking for any excuse to do this!!!!

  • russia is not going to let there friends be run out they want the oil as bad as anybody we should have let Patton kick there ass during ww2 they were so called allies but stole every thing they could at that time to.

    • The Russia Gen. Patton faced is not the Russia today. It is a shame uneducated people run their mouths without knowing the facts. I have found that all the propaganda i was spoon fed about Russia all my life is nothing less then B.S..Having gone to Russia in the resent passed, these people have more freedom than we do . They have run away from communism . While America is now embracing it.Thanks to the (NOT SO) supreme court we are now offically just what Gen.Patton was fighting against. And now OUR MARXIST government is stealing everything they can get their progresive socialist democratic paws around.”Zeg Heil!” “GAYBAMA!”

  • Now “CHINA” should send 11 war ships to backup Russia. Then we will see if “GAYBAMA” really wants to start another war. This is just a war over the PETRO DOLLAR, “GAYBAMA” does not give a damm about our family members he puts in harms way. It is plain to see all our government wants to do is destabblize the world. America must ask it’s self , “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO TO WAR WITH RUSSIA & CHINA over the PETRO Dollar, Big banks, & CORPERATE MILITARY TAKEOVER OF SOVEREIGN COUNTRYS?” This has nothing to do with Democray or Terrorism. It is about the “SLAVE OWNERS ” controlling the (SHEEPLE) slaves.

  • CSN

    If you know how to pray the Holy Rosary then I would suggest all that will and can, do so NOW! Mary at Fatima said: “Pray the Holy Rosary Daily for World Peace.” “Russia will spread her errors throughout the world.” “Persecutions of the Church.” – This is message of Our Lady of Fatima. Catholic’s take heed, as there is a solution. Prayer and penance will drive out the devil.

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  • We have been so tolerant under the Obama Administration here in America. We show strength over seas but somehow here in America, our liberties are being limited. Yesterday their was a post, from a soldier, who went to buy gasoline at a station in Louisiana and because the soldier was uniformed the clerk being moslem, refused to serve him. We are seriously in trouble, because I personally feel I am being discriminated against because my faith is the one this country was founded on and is now considered the least liked and does not have equality here anymore. Chaplains in the Navy can no longer pray in the name of Jesus Christ in public? Yet moslems can stop traffic in Midtown Manhattan on Friday afternoons to pray and are not charged with obstructing traffic? What are our leaders in Washington doing about the thousands of daily violations of our Constitution? Many Christians do not know where they live anymore…a land that rejects them, their morals, their ethics and their love for America. If there was ever a place like the Twilight Zone we have arrived. Politically massive confusion exudes from all of our politicians because everyone in Washington seems to use lies like they are the truth? Nancy Pelosi…seems not to understand what reality is and appears on TV and creates scenarios that have nothing to do with what is going on in our country or with people of her party. Finally, please bring back a Reagan or a Lincoln, or Washington who could help us out of this socialistic demochologistic repubicologic disaster in Washington. God save America.

  • CSN – pray the rosary. Have you heard of the patriotic rosary? 50 beads = 50 states. It is online. Isaiah 9:10 ?? Several weeks ago, Barry wrote a comment about the “one world trade center” on a beam at ground zero. Most Bible studiers agree that Russia is in the last battles (Daniel, Revelation), but cannot find the United States. What say you? Peace,

  • crescentfang

    All of Russia’s warm water ports and most of their fleet is near the Eastern Mediteranian. This article makes as much sense as getting excited about the US fleet cruising the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Our President is Treasonous .

  • Jim R Cochell, you are kidding yourself if you think that we have been tolerant. I am a 4 year Navy vet, and 3 year Army Reserves Vet.