Two missile corvettes of Russia's Black Sea Fleet have left their base in Sevastopol to reinforce Russia's group of warships in the Mediterranean amid an upsurge in tensions with Washington over Syria, RIA news agency quoted a Black Sea Fleet spokesman as saying on Wednesday.
The warships, The Serpukhov and The Zelyony Dol which are equipped with Kalibr long-range cruise missiles, left Sevastopol on Tuesday and are expected to reach the Mediterranean on Wednesday evening, the spokesman said. “The ships left their home port in Crimea on Tuesday as part of a "planned rotation" of Moscow's naval forces in the region”.
The announcement comes a day after Moscow said it had dispatched its S-300 air defence missile system to its naval facility at Tartus in Syria.
Russia said last month that it will also send its only aircraft carrier to the region as it looks to bolster support for its bombing campaign in Syria. The latest moves come as talks on reviving a failed ceasefire were suspended by Washington over Moscow's support of the regime in Damascus.
Moscow has been accused of indiscriminately bombing Aleppo's opposition-controlled east as it helps an offensive currently being conducted by Syrian regime forces to capture all of the country's second city.