Russia using Syrian war to boost its naval presence in eastern Mediterranean region says NATO's Europe commander

Rome: Russia has taken advantage of its military role in Syria to bolster its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean region, making the region "very crowded," The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) southern Europe commander has said.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

US Navy Admiral James Foggo told The Associated Press on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had used the desperation of Syrian President Bashar Assad to expand Russian military power beyond Syria's borders.

Noting some "unsafe or unprofessional" incidents involving Russian aircraft during the Syrian conflict, Foggo said the eastern Mediterranean region was becoming "congested" with Russian vessels. "It's something that we have to deal with as professional navies," he said.

Washington and Moscow say a hotline established in 2015 to prevent incidents between their militaries in Syria has worked well, but recent US, British and French missile strikes against Syrian chemical facilities have raised tensions.

The Russians established a naval base in the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus under Bashar's father, Hafez al-Assad. Foggo said, however, they've recently "brought a lot of aircraft and a lot of ships" to it.

Updated Date: May 08, 2018 08:56 AM

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