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August 29, 2013 8:53 am

Russia to Deploy Missile Cruiser, Anti-Submarine Ship to East Mediterranean

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Moskva is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy, as part of the Black Sea Fleet. Photo: WikiCommons.

Moskva is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy, as part of the Black Sea Fleet. Photo: WikiCommons.

Reuters – Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria.

Interfax quoted a source in the armed forces’ general staff as saying Russia, Syria’s most powerful ally, was deploying a missile cruiser from the Black Sea Fleet and a large anti-submarine ship from the Northern Fleet in the “coming days.”

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