BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – A group of Russian warships were seen traveling this past weekend through the Bosphorous Strait en route for the Syrian port-city of Tartous.
According to Yoruk Isik of the Bosphorous Observer, the Russian warships part of the Caspian Buyan M-class corvettes, Veliki Ustyug 651 (x-023) and Grad Sviyazhsk 652 (c-021), made their way to the Bosphorous Strait this past weekend before continuing their journey to the Port of Tartous.
Caspian Flotilla corvettes transit Bosphorus: #ВМФ Project 21631 #Кф CF Buyan-M class corvette Veliki Ustyug (with carbon-fibre superstructure) armed with SS-N-30 / Kalibr missiles, transited Mediterranean-bound Bosphorus. 651 took part in Kalibr strikes against #Syria on 7OCT15 pic.twitter.com/Y8FTzQ37YJ
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) June 17, 2018
As Isik mentioned in his tweets above, the two warships are armed with SS-N-30/Kalibr 3M-14 cruise missiles.
This move by the Russian Navy comes just days after the Vladimir Putin announced that all naval vessels in Syria’s waters will have Kalibr cruise missiles.
Since Putin made this announcement, the Russian Navy has launched some cruise missile attacks against the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate.
In particular, the Russian Navy targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham near the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate; this is due to the fact the latter repeatedly attacked the besieged Shiite towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya.