Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that warships would be deployed near Syria in the Mediterranean, where rival U.S. military vessels also operate.
Putin made the remarks during a gathering of top military brass, defense industry leaders and economic officials in the city of Sochi. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian allies battle rebels and jihadis attempting to overthrow the Syrian government.
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In 2015, Russia intervened in Syria to help Assad's beleaguered armed forces fend off a 2011 uprising sponsored by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states and, since then, Moscow's military presence in the Mediterranean has expanded. Last July, the Russian Black Sea Fleet established a Mediterranean task force.
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Russia has added more vessels to the contingent and has used It was launched as a platform to launch the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), a jihadi force that has been targeted to extinction by both Russia and US led campaigns in Syria. The Russian Navy has also conducted Calibration missile attacks against Islamist insurgents in Syria's northwestern, rebel-held province of Idlib.
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In addition to safeguarding the Syrian military's comeback, Russia's naval presence in the Mediterranean serves another purpose. Russian warships provide a crucial buffer on the southern flank of the US-led NATO Western Military Alliance in Europe. Since Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula amid unrest in Ukraine, Russia and NATO have been fiercely at odds and built up on mutual borders, especially in Eastern Europe.
US Navy Admiral James Foggo, head of NATO's naval and southern commands, told the Associated Press last week that the addition of Russian warships and submarines had left the Eastern Mediterranean "very crowded," accusing Moscow of using the Syrian conflict as an excuse to enter the region. So he charged Russian forces with occasional "unsafe or unprofessional" behavior.
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The West and the US especially-views Putin's campaign to improve his country's military capabilities as a threat to world order. Moscow has a large number of people who have opted for Moscow interference, assassination and undermining. Western influence across the globe. Russia has denied these claims and accused the U.S.
The conflict became especially tense last month when the U.S., France and the U.K. Syrian government facilities suspected to be involved in a chemical weapons program. Russia has joined fellow Syrian ally Iran in denying Assad's culpability in any toxic gas attacks and threatened to retaliate.
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