A Russian Navy’s Yuri Ivanov reconnaissance ship has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea in order to inform the Syrian Army’s air defense units of any impending US airstrikes, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that the Russian reconnaissance ship that has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea has been designed for detecting and intelligence operations, adding that the ship has been deployed in a region near the Syrian coast.
It went on to say that the ship’s experts are capable of tracing the location and time of the US possible missile attack on Syria.
In the meantime, a Russian military expert said that Yuri Ivanov ship is capable of detecting the US Navy’s missile attack in the Mediterranean Sea.
Former Commander of Baltic Naval Fleet Vladimir Valiyev had already said that Russia will reinvigorate its navy in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent the US possible missile attack on Syrian Army.
Earlier reports said that Russia staged large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force.
The drills were held amid ongoing escalation around Idlib, and US threats to strike Syria.
The Pentagon has already compiled a list of preliminary targets in Syria, which the US military is planning to hit in case of a “chemical weapons attack”. It has also “routinely” briefed the US President Donald Trump on “military options” in case of such an incident.
The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly warned that the militants in Idlib have been preparing a false-flag attack using chemical weapons to justify the US strike against the forces loyal to the Syrian government. On Saturday, the defense ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, stated that these preparations had entered their “final stage”.