RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – The newspaper “Kommersant” Russian said that the Russian military leadership has prepared and taken a list of military measures to monitor the situation and deal with the latest developments in the case carried out the United States was hit by targeting the Syrian regime ‘s military, and those measures maneuvers with live ammunition off the Syrian coast and deploy systems “S – 400” and early warning aircraft.
The Russian navy has reinforced its presence in the Mediterranean Sea . Syria has deployed anti-submarine L-38s capable of detecting potential enemy submarines approaching the Syrian coasts, according to the article by Ivan Safronov and Elena Chernenko, published in the Russian newspaper.
In order to prove its determination, the Russian navy imposed restrictions on the area near the Syrian coast, planning to conduct drills. The area will be closed to navigation from 10 am to 18 pm Moscow time during the period from 11 to 12, 17, 19, 25 and 26 April.
– The operational group –
The permanent operational group of the Russian navy in the Mediterranean currently includes about 15 warships from the Black Sea Fleet, including the frigate Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, as well as a number of submarines.
A satellite image published by IMAGESAT International showed that Russian warships left Syria’s Tartus naval base, while speculation about an imminent US military strike targeting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is on the rise.
The site pointed out through its accounts in the social networks that the picture taken on April 11 reveals the absence of Tartous from the warships that were in the harbor, including the frigate “Admiral Grigorovich” equipped with missiles, ” Caliber ” wings, and ship “Roboha” Engineer Trobin.”
“Most of the Russian navy has disappeared from the port of Tartus. These vessels were deployed in the sea in case of possible strikes soon. There is only one K-1 in the port left,” IMGAT International said.
– Early warning –
Analysts said that Russian moves do not mean the departure of military vessels from the US strike, but may be to take combat positions and ensure freedom of maneuver wider than available to them and is anchored in the port.
Around the clock, according to Kommersant sources, the situation in the Mediterranean region was monitored by the Russian army, where the Russian army used early warning aircraft (A-50) to monitor the destroyer USS Donald Cook, which is expected to launch cruise missiles – Tomahawk In the event of a US military strike.
Russia has also developed the S-400 and Pantsir-S1 systems on a combat alert at the Hmeimim base and the naval logistics base in Tartus, although none of them – according to Kommersant sources at the Russian Defense Ministry – “should not be exposed to fire, Otherwise the consequences would be catastrophic.”
At the same time, the Russian side expects to receive from the US Department of Defense the coordinates of targets that the United States intends to strike as it was on April 7, 2017 before the US bombing of Al-Shayrat airport.
“It is necessary to exclude the theoretical possibility of losses from the Russian side.” Russian officers are present in dozens of Syrian infrastructure sites,” writes Ivan Safronov and Elena Chernenko.
By Wednesday, President George W. Bush had promised to decide whether to bomb Syria or not. He added that the strike did not come, but that does not mean it will not happen in the near future.
According to Kommersant information, the Russian side’s position is conditional on closed negotiations between the Russian General Staff and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The head of the defense committee in the Duma Vladimir Shamanov (of the United Russia Party) said in a media statement that the Russian army is also in contact with NATO through the mediation of Turkish counterparts.
At the same time, Shamanov warned that Russia “has a significant weapon, and if the United States wants to verify it will get the response.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that he hoped no one would be encouraged and would take a military adventure in Syria along the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi scenarios, in reference to the United States’ warning of using military force against the Syrian regime.