'WSJ': Russia sends 12 warships to its Syria naval base

May 17, 2013 08:35

Russia has sent at least a dozen warships to its Tartus naval base in Syria, in a move partly meant to send a message to Israel and the West not to intervene militarily in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing US and European officials.

"It is a show of force. It's muscle flexing," the Journal quoted a senior US defense official as saying. "It is about demonstrating their commitment to their interests."

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