The Russian guided-missile frigate Admiral Makarov arrives at the Bay of Sevastopol to join Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov/File Photo
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Russia said Monday it had deployed its new frigate equipped with long-range cruise missiles to the Mediterranean Sea Monday, as Turkey beefed up rebel forces in eastern Syria.The ministry did not explicitly say where in the Mediterranean the warship would be stationed, but the statement comes just a few months after Russia had reinforced its naval forces off Syria's coast.Russia has a naval base in Tartus and has previously fired cruise missiles into Syria from its frigates and submarines stationed nearby. Earlier this year, local media said that Russia has gathered its largest naval group in the Mediterranean Sea since 2015, including 10 vessels, most of them armed with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles.
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