RUSSIA has dispatched another warship to the Mediterranean to bolster its war effort in Syria, days after a battle group arrived in the region after skirting the British coastline.
Admiral Grigorovich, a state-of-the-art frigate equipped with cruise missiles, left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol on Thursday.
A source told Russian media the warship would herald a “significant enhancement” of the Kremlin’s operation in the Mediterranean.
He added: ”The ship is versatile; she can struck missile blows on both surface and ground targets at large distance.”
The Admiral Grigorovich – a member of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet – is scheduled to be in place by Sunday.
The frigate is armed with Caliber-NK cruise missiles – which can strike land and water-based targets – anti-aircraft artillery, torpedoes and can carry deck-based helicopters.
Among the fleet now in the Mediterranean is the Navy’s flagship the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the nuclear-powered Pyotr Velikiy battle cruiser.
The warships are expected to take part in the bombardment of Aleppo – something Russia has strenuously denied.
The eight-strong unit is understood to have sailed in international waters throughout its journey but Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said British forces monitored their movements closely.
Moscow has imposed a 10-hour ultimatum on the war-torn city of Aleppo – ordering fighters and civilians to flee.
The Russian fleet is poised to bomb the city in a bid to boost President Bashar al-Assad end the Syrian Civil War.