Confirmed: Russian frigates with the “Caliber-NK” cruise missiles headed for Syria
MOSCOW, (BM) – Two Russian Caliber-NK cruise missile frigates are currently heading to the Mediterranean Sea. This was announced by the representative of the Black Sea Fleet Alexei Rulev, reports “Interfax”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to him, the Turkish Bosphorus and Dardanelles pass both Admiral Makarov and Admiral Grigorovich. They left Sevastopol and will become part of the permanent grouping of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. Rulev noted that this transition is planned.
The BSF representative recalled that another Admiral Essen frigate has been performing tasks in the Mediterranean since December 2019. The agency indicates that the frigates had already repeatedly participated in the Russian operation against militants off the coast of Syria. Now they are heading to the region amid the aggravated situation in the de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Idlib.
On the night of February 28, the Turkish army attacked the positions of the Syrian army in Idlib and destroyed a convoy of government troops. The attack was a response to the shelling of Turkish troops in the Jebel al-Zawiya region, which killed 33 troops. Turkey promised to avenge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths of soldiers.
As a result of the offensive in January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind Turkish observation posts. This outraged Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops are not withdrawn from the line of posts, the Turkish army will begin a military operation.
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Editorial team / Lenta.ru, Interfax