ISTANBUL, (BM) – The Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News reports that a new Russian military landing ship has headed for the port of Tartus in Syria. The agency cites photos provided by Turkish observer and photographer Yoruk Isik, who has been monitoring traffic across the Bosphorus in recent years.
Russia always uses the Bosphorus as a sea route to the Mediterranean and easy access to Syrian troops. According to official confirmed data, at least 10 Russian ships are currently located in the Mediterranean and around Syria – warships and transport, providing supplies to the Arab Republic.
We can see Russian soldiers on the Saratov ship in Yoruk Isik’s photos. Russia often supplies equipment and weapons by sea to maintain Russian military bases and support the Syrian Arab army. Reports from independent and non-governmental agencies report that Moscow has significantly increased its thieving presence in the Mediterranean and its supplies to Syria over the past five years.
According to unconfirmed reports, Russia has used the opportunities provided by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has tested several of its new missiles fired by warships in the Mediterranean over the past five years. Last year, there were reports that Russian ships had shelled jihadist positions in northern Syria. For Moscow, this is an excellent opportunity, as in this way, the Kremlin is testing weapons in a real combat situation and meeting state requirements.
What can the landing ship transport?
There can be a lot of speculation on the subject, from supplies, food, medicine, and various goods, to weapons, vehicles, or unmanned aerial vehicles. It will not be the first time a Russian ship has carried such equipment.
There is a high probability that the landing ship will deliver all of the above for the Russian military base in Tel Tamer in Syria, which was attacked a few days ago. As we reported on January 7, Turkish artillery troops mistakenly attacked the Russian base as Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers used their southern side to cover.
Mostly destroyed buildings are the damage on the base. No one was injured in the attack. Even then, military experts noted an incident, not a deliberate attack on the base.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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