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Mediterranean-bound Russian flotilla passes through Dardannels.

EcANAKKALE (CyHAN)- A Russian flotilla consists 3 warship, one of them spy ship en route to the Eastern Mediterranean have passed through The Dardannels Strait in Turkish city of Ecanakkale as the United States prepares for a possible military strike in Syria.

Two warship and one spy ship which left Russia's naval base in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol late on Sunday on a mission "to gather current information in the area of the escalating conflict," a Russian news agency Interfax report quoted an unidentified military source as saying.

Interfax said the vessel, the SSV-201 Priazovye, would operate separately from a Russian navy unit already stationed in the Mediterranean. Two Russian landing ships Minsk and Novocherkassk also passed through the Bosporus, accompanying the spy ship.

Last week, the ministry said new warships were being sent to the Mediterranean but described this as a routine rotation of ships under a permanent deployment which Moscow says is needed to protect national security interests.

The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, blamed by the US and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in an opposition-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The US has said a sarin gas attack killed 1,429 people, including more than 400 children, based on intelligence reports.

Russia is one of Assad's biggest arms suppliers and has a naval maintenance facility in the Syrian port of Tartous. Moscow opposes any military intervention in Syria and has shielded Damascus from pressure at the UN Security Council.

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Date:Sep 6, 2013
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