Russian warships: Several Russian warships on a rescue mission to bring back a mass of Russian civilians from Syria is taking place this week while the threat of a potential attack looms. The Central Naval Command of St. Petersburg confirmed yesterday that the warship, “Nikolai Filchenkov” will be moving to Syria to retrieve Russian civilians, with two other Russian destroyers already stationed near the Mediterranean coast, WebProNews shares this Friday, Sept. 6.
The deployment of Russian warships seems to affirm Moscow continue to showing its presence in the Middle East region of Syria, which demonstrates doubt that the U.S. might not wait for support from the rest of the world before launching a possible attack. Aside from the rescue mission, Russia has encouraged the U.S. not to strike a military offensive against Syria; for its part, America seems to be waiting for approval from Congress before initiating a “limited” two-month campaign in Syria.
The U.S. also has several warships of its own off the Mediterranean coast near Syria, and if any military action is taken, President Obama has said it would likely come from warships’ air strikes at potential chemical weaponry plants.
The Russian warships are said to be currently sailing toward Syria to meet up with an anti-submarine ship (also from St.Petersburg), and three other ships to collect “special cargo”, which is widely believed to be Russian civilians, amid other possibilities.
“The ship will make call in Novorossiisk, where it will take on board special cargo and set off for the designated area of its combat duty in the eastern Mediterranean,” confirmed one Russian official this week.
Russia affirms, however, that its presence of naval warships in surrounding Syrian territory are solely for peace-related purposes. The country has continually denounced taking any military action against Syria until concrete evidence of it using toxic gas has been confirmed by UN representatives.