Russia to keep warships off Syria coast

MOSCOW: Russia will keep a permanent naval presence off Syria’s coast to match the growing number of Western warships monitoring the 13-month crisis, a top defence official said Friday.

“A decision has been taken to keep Russian navy ships permanently stationed near Syria’s coast,” the RIA Novosti state news agency quoted a senior defence ministry official as saying.

The unnamed source said the move was taken in response to the growing number of US warships in the region as well as those from European naval powers Britain and France.

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Story courtesy of The Daily Star Lebanon.

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