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Russia 'Sending Battleships to Mediterranean'

An anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser are en route, says Russian news agency.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/29/2013, 11:45 AM

An IDF navy Missile Boat armed with anti-ship missiles
An IDF navy Missile Boat armed with anti-ship missiles
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Russia is about to send two warships to the Mediterranean Sea, in an unmistakable warning to the US not to carry out a threat to strike Syria, according to Russian news agency Interfax. The report is quoted on Skynews.

The ships are an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser, according to the report. A military source has reportedly confirmed the planned deployment.

Russia has warned the west against any military intervention in Syria, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying it would seriously destabilize the region.

“The country has started to pull its citizens out of Syria as the likelihood of military action increases,” says Skynews, flying 89 people out of the country on Tuesday night and 28 more on Wednesday morning.

United States President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he has not yet made a decision regarding a military strike in Syria.

Speaking to PBS NewsHour, Obama stressed he has "no interest" in "any kind of open-ended conflict" in the civil war torn country.

“I’ve not made a decision. I have gotten options from our military, had extensive discussions with my national security team,” he said.