Two Russian frigates with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles are currently heading to the Mediterranean Sea. This was announced by the representative of the Black Sea Fleet Alexei Rulev, Interfax reports.
According to him, the Turkish straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles simultaneously pass “Admiral Makarov” and “Admiral Grigorovich.” They left Sevastopol and will be part of a permanent grouping of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. Rules noted that this transition is planned.
The representative of the Black Sea Fleet recalled that another frigate “Admiral Essen” has been carrying out tasks in the Mediterranean since December 2019. The agency points out that the frigates have repeatedly participated in the Russian operation against the militants off the coast of Syria. Now they are heading to the region against the background of the worsening situation in the de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Idlib. On the night of February 28, the Turkish army attacked Syrian army positions in Idlib and destroyed a convoy of government troops. The attack was in response to the shelling of Turkish troops in the Jebel al-Sawai area, which killed 33 soldiers. Turkey has vowed to avenge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths of soldiers.
The Syrian army, as a result of the January-February offensive, occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind Turkish observation posts. This angered Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if the Syrian troops do not withdraw from the line of posts by the end of February, the Turkish army will launch a military operation.