Russia has been a close ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and has strategic and economic interests in the country.
The Defense Ministry said the landing ships Kaliningrad and Alexander Shabalin are en route to the region from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. Two other big landing ships, the Saratov and the Azov, are scheduled to join them by the end of February.
“The continued presence of Russian warships close to Syria demonstrates the Kremlin’s desire to keep up the Russian navy colors in the area to indicate that Russia stands by its attitude that the Syrian crisis should be resolved within the country by the country’s existing political forces,” Igor Korotchenko, editor in chief of the National Defense monthly journal said in an interview.
Full article: Russian warships head to Syria in show of power (LA Times)