Russia deployed its most advanced Black Sea frigate Friday into the eastern Mediterranean, where U.S. Navy destroyers had launched an airstrike earlier that day against the Moscow-backed Syrian military.
As Russian leadership condemned the U.S.’ first intentional attack on the military of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the country’s six-year conflict began, Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich frigate reportedly left its port of Sevastopol, Crimea, and headed toward the U.S. destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross. The vessels had launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles early Friday morning against Syria’s Shayrat Airfield, which Washington alleged was the origin of a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib
Russia’s 4,000-ton warship came equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, one of Moscow’s latest and most deadly high-tech projectiles, and was headed to dock in the Syrian city of Tartus, according to Russia’s official TASS News Agency.
Russian President Vladimir Putin viewed President Donald Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes on the Syrian airbase as “a significant blow to Russian-American relations, which were already in a sorry state,” according to Putin’s official spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
Meanwhile, Pentagon officials said, they are researching about possible role of Russian in Syria’s chemical attack.
In addition, US ambassador to UN has said that his country is ready to do more work in Syria.
But Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president has considered the US airstrike as an “aggressive action.”