Russia sends warships to the Mediterranean, Warns of Serious Consequences

Fox News reported that Russian warships are headed for the Mediterranean

Russia’s TASS news agency reported The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, is to enter the Mediterranean later on April 7.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, is to enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus.

“The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria,” the source said.

The Admiral Grigorovich is currently near the Black Sea straits. It is scheduled to enter the Mediterranean at about 14:00 Moscow time. The ship left on a voyage after replenishing supplies at Novorossiisk and taking part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships in the Black Sea.

Fox News has reported that Russian warships has entered eastern Mediterranean and is heading toward two U.S navy destroyers that launched air strike on Syrian air base on Friday.

In the meantime, Russia has warned that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have “extremely serious” consequences.

“We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the U.S. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious,” Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

After a heated debate with a Russian U.N. envoy at the UN Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said:

“We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary,” she told the U.N. Security Council. “The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.”

U.S. missile attack on Syrian air base was greeted by EU leaders, Turkey, Japan, but condemned by Russia, Iran and other countries. China has called for an independent investigation of the attack. Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani also called for an investigation.

“We are asking for an impartial international fact-finding body to be set up… to find out where these chemical weapons came from,” Iran’s Rouhani said in a speech on Saturday.

He added that: “U.S. aggression against Shayrat (airbase) strengthens regional extremism and terror, and global lawlessness and instability, and must be condemned”.

Source: Reuters