Russia Denies Warships Sent to Mediterranean In Defense of Syria
Navy task force part of routine exercise, claims General
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Russian General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov today denied that Russia had sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in defense of Syria, claiming instead that the dispatch of a Russian Navy task force was part of a routine exercise.
“We are not sending anything [to Syria],” Makarov told RIA Novosti, refusing to be drawn on when the naval exercise would take place.
“Earlier in the day a Russian Defense Ministry source denied media reports that a group of Russian warships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would arrive at the Syrian port of Tartus in the spring of 2012,” states the report.
Turkey, along with other Arab states, is rumored to be preparing to enforce a “no fly zone” over the country with U.S. logistical support. As we saw with Libya, a ‘no fly zone’ is a euphemism for an aerial bombardment.
These tensions have prompted Russia to respond by reportedly arming Syria with a sophisticated missile defense system designed to rebel enemy aircraft. Syrian sources claimed that Russian warships entered Syrian territorial waters last week as a deterrent to any NATO-led assault.