ANKARA, (BM) – A heavily-armed Russian submarine was monitored on Tuesday, transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean
According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 has entered Mediterranean waters, armed with Kalibr cruise missiles.
While the destination for the Russian submarine is still unknown, it is likely to deploy to the coast of either Syria or Libya.
Typically, when these heavily-armed submarines head to Syria, they often carry out attacks against enemy forces.
With reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gearing up for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate, it would make sense for the Russian Navy to prepare its cruise missiles for combat support to the SAA.
Over the last month, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s cargo ships have been observed heading to Syria to deliver military equipment like armored vehicles.
While there is supposed to be a ceasefire in northwestern Syria, last night’s missile attack by the jihadist rebels on the Hmeimim Airbase will only push the Russian Armed Forces closer to a big military campaign in the Idlib Governorate.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.