BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – A large number of Russian ships have made their way to the eastern Mediterranean recently, regional naval observers have reported.
Most recently, the Admiral Grigorovich class frigate was photographed by Turkish naval observer Yoruk Isik sailing through the Bosporus Strait en route for the eastern Mediterranean.
NEW & POWERFUL: Armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 missiles & DTA-53 533mm torpedoes. ВМФ Project11356M #ЧФ BSF’s brand new Adm. Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Makarov transits Bosphorus for the first time towards Mediterranean. Admiral Makarov’s pennant number recently changed to 499. pic.twitter.com/QoWZgrcHcY
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) November 6, 2018
As reported by Isik above, the new Admiral Grigorovich is armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 missiles & DTA-53 533mm torpedoes, which will add to the Armada of Russian ships that are already deployed to the eastern Mediterranean.
Ship of Interest: Russian government chartered, Russia flag Ro-Ro Sparta transits Bosphorus towards Mediterranean en route from Novorossiysk to #Tartus #Syria carrying military cargo for Oboronlogistika, established in 2011 and 100% owned by the Russian MoD. pic.twitter.com/MbM1CRG3fL
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) November 4, 2018
This move by the Russian Federation comes as the jihadist rebels in northwest Syria have refused to leave the designated buffer zones in the Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia provinces.
The Russian military and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have given the jihadist rebels in northwestern Syria several warnings regarding their violation of the September 17 Sochi Agreement; however, their threats have had little affect over the militants.
In response, the jihadist rebels have attacked the Syrian Army’s positions in several parts of northwest Syria, prompting a fierce exchange of hostilities on a daily basis.