Russia expands its naval force in support of SyriaSeptember 13, 2013
Russia’s top admiral has stated that he will expand his Eastern Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships, continuing a buildup that began last December. Chief among the new additions is the missile cruiser Moskva, dubbed a “carrier killer” due to its advanced weaponry. The Moskva entered the Western Med on Tuesday and is expected to be on station by the beginning of next week.
Russia’s goal under Putin’s new “Foreign Policy Concept” is to displace American leadership whenever and wherever it can. He is succeeding in the case of Syria, and seeks to expand that success to the rest of the Southwest Asia/Eastern Mediterranean region. The Moskva and her sister ships are the vanguard of that effort.