Russian warships: Several Russian warships were deployed this week off to Syria on “peaceful terms” in order to locate Russian citizens in the region and return them back to the homeland. The Kremlin’s official chief of staff has confirmed that Russia will be releasing a small number of warships into the Mediterranean Sea in order to evacuate and provide a safe return for Russian citizens from the tension-filled Syria this month, the Monitor reports this Thursday, Sept. 5.
These Russian warships’ arrival comes at a time when Russia has been reportedly increasing its own naval presence in the Mediterranean following four U.S. Navy destroyers being stationed there two weeks ago. Russia asserts, however, that their mission there is only one for peace — they only want to help design a potential evacuation if necessary for Russians that are staying in Russia.
For over two years now, Russia has been close allies with Bashar Assad, the political leader of Syria, during its civil war that has recently come to a head in terms of international news coverage. Regardless of Russia’s talk of peace, continues the report, having Russian warships in the Mediterranean is only increasing transnational fears of a potential globally involved conflict with the U.S. considering airstrike or naval attacks against Syria for a toxic gas attack on civilians just last month.
According to the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, the U.S. would be wise to wait for an official consensus and further input from U.N. investigators who have looked into the chemical weapons attack before pursuing any military action against Syria. Putin does not believe President Obama has provided sufficient evidence to launch an attack against Assad or the Syrian government as of now.
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