Politics

Russia Sends Warships to Syria in Response To Potential Strike from US

| by Dominic Kelly
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Amidst the crisis happening in Syria and the looming decision from President Obama as to whether or not the US will attack the Arab country, reports have surfaced that three Russian warships have are en route to Syria.

The three ships, including SSV-201 intelligence ship Priazovye and two landing ships Novocherkassk and Minsk, reportedly crossed the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey on Thursday and were on their way to Syria as of Friday morning.

The ships have apparently been sent in response to the possible attack by the US on Syria after Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that should the attack actually take place without support from the United Nations, there would be consequences.

There are also reports that Russia will send a warship with “special cargo” towards the Syrian coast, and a source from the Saint Petersburg central naval command told Interfax that it could happen on Friday.

"The ship will make call in Novorossiisk,” the source revealed, “where it will take on board special cargo and set off for the designated area of its combat duty in the eastern Mediterranean.”

According to the UN nuclear watchdog, they have received a request from Russia to take a look at the potential impact a missile strike could have if it were to hit a Syrian nuclear reactor. In addition, the Foreign ministry has issued a statement warning of the consequences that could occur should the US strike chemical weapons storage facilities in Syria.

"That would create the threat of releasing highly toxic chemical agents,” read the statement, “with corresponding consequences for the civilian population and the environment. Moreover, it can't be excluded that as a result of such a reckless action militants or terrorists could gain access to chemical weapons. This is a step toward proliferation of chemical weapons not only across Syrian territory but beyond its borders."

With ships from Russia currently en route to Syria, many are left to wonder what the reaction from the rest of the world will be if the US does in fact launch a military strike against Syria.