Russian warships in Mediterranean ‘not engaged in Syria tasks’

Russian warships in the Mediterranean are preparing for naval drills due in September, and are not carrying out any military tasks in Syria, Rear Admiral Alexander Fedosenkov, a Black Sea Fleet commander, said on Thursday.

The statement came after representatives of the Syrian National Council (SNC), an Istanbul-based opposition group, expressed concerns over the deployment of a Russian warship group to the Mediterranean earlier this month, saying it was likely to aggravate the Syrian conflict and encourage President Bashar al-Assad to continue his crackdown on opposition groups.

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