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Russian Ships Gathering Off Syria to Deter West

‘Sunday Times’ quotes Russian diplomat as saying Russian marines being deployed to deter ground op; Assad to speak.

[Ed. Note: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!]

from Jerusalem Post

Russia has concentrated five landing ships in the eastern Mediterranean in a show of force meant to deter Western nations from intervening militarily in Syria, The Sunday Times quoted a Russian diplomat as saying.

According to the report, the ships are carrying military vehicles and hundreds of Russian marines, and are being accompanied by combat vessels.

While officially Russia has claimed the ships have been deployed to partake in an exercise to “improve the management, maintenance and testing of the interaction of naval forces,” the Times quoted the diplomat as saying the marines were meant to deter the West from deploying ground forces in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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