Russia have sent the Admiral Grigorovich to position itself between US ships after the President condemned the American bombing as an act of “aggression”
Vladimir Putin has diverted a warship from a routine voyage to protect Syria against further US airstrikes – which has heightened fears of conflict between Russia and the West.
The Russian leader has sent the navy’s Admiral Grigorovich frigate to the Mediterranean to position itself between US ships that bombed a military airfield near Homs on Friday.
A Moscow source said the warship, armed with cruise missiles, was due to arrive in the Mediterranean later on Friday after it was moved from an exercise in the Black Sea.
They told Russian news agency TASS : “The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria.”
The Russian Defence Ministry added Syrian air defences would be beefed up after the US cruise missile attacks, according to local media.
The ministry was also cited as mocking the effectiveness of the U.S. strikes as “extremely low” saying that 23 missiles had hit their targets but it was unclear where 36 others had landed.