Russian Warships to Patrol Syrian Coast

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Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, a high-ranking source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday. 'A decision has been made to deploy Russian warships near the Syrian shores on a permanent basis,' the source said. The Russian Kashin-class guided-missile destroyer Smetlivy is currently deployed near the Syrian coast. 'Another Black Sea Fleet ship will replace the Smetlivy in May,' the source said, adding that several Russian warships were on their way to the Mediterranean. 'This may be the Pytlivy frigate or one of the amphibious assault ships,' he said, adding that 'deployment of a Black Sea Fleet task force to the region cannot be ruled out.'

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