Russia may send warships and troops to Syria to protect its logistics base in Tartous, according to a Russian military source.
“It is quite possible that warships of the [Russian] Black Sea Fleet may go to the Mediterranean Sea in the case it is necessary to protect the Russian logistics base in Tartous, Syria, since is a zone of the Fleet's responsibility,” a source in the Russian General Staff told the Itar-Tass government news agency.
“Several warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, including large landing ships with marines aboard, are fully prepared to take to the sea,” said the source. The plan was announced shortly after France said the West mulled over military interference in the Syrian crisis to unseat President Bashar Al-Assad.
France said on Wednesday Paris would push for a Security Council resolution to enforce Syria's compliance with special envoy Kofi Annan's plan under the threat of sanctions, legal action or military intervention.
He said the imposition of no-fly zones was being considered as “one of the options” to “stop this regime of death and blood”.