Russia Sends Warships Near Syria
The naval maneuvers occurred a day before the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, was scheduled to meet with representatives of a visiting delegation that wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down amid the country’s violence, the newspaper reported.
From The New York Times:
The voyage and naval maneuvers seemed designed to convey a message that Russian leaders would protect their interests in Syria, Russia’s most important relationship in the Middle East, even as they restrict new shipments of weapons to President Bashar al-Assad’s government until the conflict subsides, as military export officials had announced on Monday.
An estimated 17,000 people have died in Syria since protests against Assad began in March 2011.
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