The sending of US Navy cruise missile carrying ships to the Syrian coast will escalate the conflict, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleg Dogayev said at a Public Chamber hearing on Tuesday.
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“The Defense Ministry has been watching with anxiety attempts to undermine a peace settlement,” he said. “The US pressure arouses special concern. Recent statements about a military scenario and the sending of cruise missile carriers to the Syrian coast will have a negative impact on the situation in the region.”
US NAVY bolsters presence near Syria
The US has decided to reroute its nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier CVN-68 USS Nimitz and four destroyers of her strike group towards the Mediterranean Sea, “to help support a limited US strike on Syria, if needed", defense officials said on Sunday.
’The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked,’ he said.
Saturday evening Barack Obama decided to wait for the Congress approval before launching a military strike on Syria.
The Congress is set to decide on the military operation on September 9th .
Reports on US plans differ as some experts suggest a limited and narrowly targeted attack on specific military objects while others believe the operation won’t be successful without ‘boots on the ground’.
The last statement could be true as the US dispatched the USS San Antonio, a ship with 300 Marines, and the USS Kearsage, with even more marines, in the region. And let’s not forget the military personnel that’s already dispatched in the region.
The US Navy doubled its presence in the eastern Mediterranean over the past week, effectively adding two destroyers to the three that generally patrol the region. The five destroyers are carrying a combined load of about 200 Tomahawk missiles, the defense official said.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia and the other oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies on Sunday stepped up in their efforts to drum up support for Western strike against Syria.