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
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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 say where in the Mediterranean the warship would be stationed, but the statement comes just a few months after Russia reinforced its naval forces off Syria's coast. Russia has a naval base in Tartous and has previously fired cruise missiles into Syria. Earlier this year, media reports said Russia had gathered its largest naval group in the Mediterranean Sea since 2015, including 10 vessels, most of them armed with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles. Kurdish forces were last week forced to suspend an offensive against Daesh (ISIS) in eastern Syria after Turkish shelling killed four of their fighters.
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