BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, a heavily-armed Russian naval vessel has entered the eastern Mediterranean after transiting the Bosphorus Strait.
According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Admiral Makarov warship, which is part of the Black Sea Fleet, transiting the Bosphorus Strait on Wednesday and entered Mediterranean waters.
Rotation / Russia’s naval presence in the Mediterranean: Armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 missiles, #ВМФ Project 11356M Admiral Grigorovich class guided missile frigate #ЧФ Black Sea Fleet 30th Surface Ship Division’s Admiral Makarov transited Bosphorus towards Mediterranean. pic.twitter.com/dvLISpdzQl
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) June 24, 2020
The ship’s destination is currently unknown; however, with the recent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) buildup in southern Idlib, it is likely to provide support to the government forces.
According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to launch a new military operation in Idlib that will see their forces attempt to capture the strategic Jabal Al-Zawiya region.
The date of this operation has not been revealed, but it is expected to take place some time this summer.
Over the course of two weeks, the Syrian Arab Army has sent a large number of reinforcements to this front, while also moving in heavy weapons and tanks for support.