In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 file photo, Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)
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Russia said Tuesday it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the 5-1/2-year conflict.The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a cease-fire deal over Russia's support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.On the ground, Assad's forces advanced on rebels during intense street fighting in the opposition-held east of Aleppo city, which Russia has been accused of bombing indiscriminately including targeting its hospitals.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Russian missile system would not affect operations in the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS in northern Syria, and questioned why Moscow was making the move.As well as operating a naval facility in Tartus, Russia runs an air base outside the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, which currently houses warplanes used in its bombing campaign in support of ally Assad.It collapsed after a week, with Russia blaming Washington for failing to convince rebels to distance themselves from extremists.
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