The country’s permanent naval fleet in the Mediterranean Sea was joined by two more of its Buyan-class missile corvette amid Russian war against the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, in Syria as the tension between the two countries deepens.
“It is planned that the Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol will go to the Mediterranean as part of a planned rotation that will join up with the permanent naval task force,” Russian Navy representative, Nikolay Voskresensky, told the press.
The ships reportedly left their home port of Sevastopol on October 4.
According to a source, the Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol had already been assigned as part of Russia’s Syria operation in the Mediterranean. This happened in mid-August when Russia released three Kalibr cruise missiles as an attack to the Al-Nusra Front terrorists before heading to Crimea last month.
Aside from the warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, Russia has also commanded a airship patrols on US airspace borders. According to the Morning Ledger, Russian president Vladimir Putin gave clearance to a new division of massive nuclear-capable bombers to circulate around the areas.
Long-range strategic bombers, TU-95Ms and TU-22M3s aka “Blackjacks” and “Bears”, are planned to make rounds over the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii and the US military bases in Guam.
Meanwhile, the United States has reportedly condemned Russia’s military operations in Syria.
“Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft,” a spokesperson for the US State Department said in a statement.
Aside from that, the U.S. also accused Russia, as well as Syria, of war crimes. The Russian and Syrian governments, meanwhile, countered the statement saying they only target militant groups. According to the two countries, U.S. supports terrorists by backing rebel groups.
“If it comes to war crimes, U.S. representatives should start with Iraq. And then move to Libya, and of course to Yemen – find out what’s there. I want to say that juggling these words is very dangerous, because there are indeed war crimes on the part of the American representatives,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.
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