At least 15 warships of the Russian Navy have been deployed between Cyprus and Syria in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to Russian publication Avia.Pro, experts are seriously concerned about the presence of at least 15 Russian warships and submarines off the coast of Syria.
This is the first time such a large military formation has been seen in the region, which raises suspicions about whether Russia plans to engage in a military special operation against jihadists using the navy.
According to the Telegram channel “Hunter’s Notes”, one of the last to appear off the coast of Syria was the tanker of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy “Akademik Pashin”, however, in addition to it, there are 14 more vessels off the coast of Syria, including five warships and three submarines, and, obviously, this is far from the final number of ships of the Russian Navy, located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.
This Russian naval buildup also comes at a time of increased tension between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, as the latter two countries have accused Ankara of encroaching on their territorial waters.
This is more than likely part of a Turkish-Russian live-fire naval exercise, which Turkey announced in early September.
Ankara issued two navigational notices on September 2nd.
They said the Russian exercises will take place Sept. 8-22 and Sept. 17-25 in areas of the Mediterranean where Turkish seismic research vessels are operating.
Turkey’s announcement and the deployment of Russian warships came at a time of increased friction between Turkey on the one side and Greece and Cyprus on the other over offshore energy exploration rights. Warships from Greece and Turkey have been shadowing each other in recent weeks as Turkish survey vessels and drill ships continue to prospect for hydrocarbons in waters where Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights.
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