by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
TWO RUSSIAN WARSHIPS LADEN WITH MILITARY VEHICLES HAVE BEEN SPOTTED EN ROUTE TO SYRIA AFTER FRIDAY’S US-LED AIRSTRIKES OBLITERATED THREE SUSPECTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS SITES.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For the past 48 hours, the geopolitical world has been wondering what sort of response Putin was going to have to Friday night’s missile attack on Syrian chemical weapons production by Allied forces. Warship and enormous cargo ships filled with Russian military equipment are at this moment steaming towards Syria. Putin has not said exactly what he plans on doing, other than promises to “respond with consequences” in a meaningful way. But it looks like he’s getting ready to respond.
An Alligator-landing ship was pictured cruising down The Bosphorus on Sunday as the world awaits Vladimir Putin’s response to this week’s co-ordinated military action against Syria. The vessel was spotted on its way to the Russian naval base at Tartus on the north Syrian coast.
A yellow RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko was also pictured heading for Tartus carrying high-speed patrol boats, a temporary bridge structure and several trucks. The images were posted on social media by Bosphorus-based naval observer Yörük Işık.
They come in wake of Friday’s US-led campaign against Bashar al-Assad’s regime and a chemical weapons attack that brutally murdered 75 civilians.
The blue Project 117 LST Orsk 148 ship was carrying Soviet BTR-80 tanks, Ramaz trucks and a Pelena-1 bomb radar, used to detect IEDs. A second yellow cargo vessel was equipped with a BMK-T boat used for building temporary bridges and an array of other military hardware.
The Russian warships approaching Syria come after the United States outlined new economic sanctions in response to Moscow’s continued support of Assad’s regime in Syria.
NIKKI HALEY, US AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAID MEASURES TO BE IMPOSED ON MONDAY WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO RUSSIA AFTER IT BLOCKED SIX UN ATTEMPTS TO INVESTIGATE ITS USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS.