Russia says militants in Syria's Idlib province need liquidating

Russia says militants in Syria's Idlib province need liquidating

The build-up comes as Syria's government is expected to start an assault in northern Idlib province, the last stronghold of the rebels.

Pro-Kremlin paper Izvestia said Russian Federation now has 10 warships and two submarines in Syrian waters, saying this amounted to Moscow's biggest military presence there since it became involved in the conflict in 2015.

The force included 10 vessels, majority armed with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles, Izvestia reported, adding more ships were on the way.

DefenseNews observes that the nuclear-powered battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great) is notably absent from the flotilla. All they have to do is utter the words "chemical weapons attack!" to their friends in the Western media.

Syrian forces are gearing up to take the last terrorist stronghold, the United States is boosting its military presence, and Russian Federation is warning of a false-flag chemical attack.

Anna Borshchevskaya, an Russian foreign policy expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Business Insider that Moscow is possibly alleging a U.S. false flag to help support a weak Syrian government in cracking down on one of the last rebel strongholds, for which chemical attacks have become a weapon of choice.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the United States "will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in a swift and appropriate manner".

Russian Federation is increasing its naval presence in the Mediterranean in response to heightened tensions in Syria, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesperson.

"We have stated that a few times".

The Russian FM said Wednesday that Moscow and Ankara were exploring ways to simultaneously separate "regular armed formations" from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, while laying the groundwork for a military attack. In April 2018, these three countries launched a series of cruise missile strikes against a number of Syrian government chemical weapon-related sites.

"The US would use its overwhelming airpower in the region and every singe Russian vessel on the surface will turn into a hulk in a very short time", if Russian ships engaged the US, said Lamrani.

So instead of an epic naval and aerial clash, expect Russian Federation to stick to its real weapon for modern war: propaganda.

This two-day visit by a large military delegation follows highly publicized meetings that US National Security Adviser John Bolton held both in Israel and with his Russian counterpart last week on the issue of removing Iranian forces and its proxies from Syria as soon as possible.