Russia has sent a reconnaissance ship towards the Mediterranean Sea. The Guardian reports that the Russian ship, Priazovye left port from a Russian naval base in the Ukraine, with the mission to protect Russia’s "national security interest."
Russia also plans to send a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean Sea, along with an anti-submarine ship. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is also sending a diplomatic convoy to the United States, hoping to convince the United States’ Congress not to agree to a U.S. military attack on Syria. The Syrian government, under the leadership of President Al-Assad, is blamed for using deadly gas two weeks ago on his own civilians, and causing close to 1300 deaths near the city of Damascus.
The Syrian government denies the gas attack, but U.S. President Barack Obama desires to immediately attack Syria and the Al-Assad regime, regardless of the denial, and with no official United Nations report confirming that the Al-Assad regime was responsible. Sunday, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, said no conclusion can be given on whether banned poison gas had been unleashed in Syria until laboratory tests are completed
By sending ships to the Mediterranean Sea, Russia may be responding to President Barack Obama’s decision to move several warships to the region yesterday. ABC News reported that the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and four other war ships had started moving into the region.
There are already five U.S. aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, ready to fire cruise missiles against Syria if President Barack Obama gives the order. There are also five U.S. military destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea ready to take action as well.
The Obama administration wants to act on Syria, and may do so independently, but the U.S. president has decided to first ask for congressional approval. Members of the U.S. Senate will be meeting today to discuss a possible U.S. military attack on Syria.
According to Fox News, the United Nations reports that over 2 million refugees have already fled Syria, and an estimated 5,000 are leaving the war torn region every day.