Russia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea
MOSCOW - Reuters
In this photograqph taken on July 2, 2009 Admiral Gorshkov, a Soviet-era aircraft carrier that was bought by India, is anchored in the Sevmash factory in the northern city of Arkhangelsk. AFP photoRussia has sent warships to the Mediterranean Sea in case it has to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria, Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed naval source as saying on Tuesday.
A group of two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel left a Baltic port on Monday, the source said.
"They are heading to the Syrian coast to assist in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens ...
Preparations for the deployment were carried out in a hurry and were heavily classified," the source was quoted as saying.
The report could not immediately be confirmed independently.