The Russian Navy has been amassing a large number of ships off the coast of Syria as the Sochi Agreement continues to fall apart.
According to media reports, Russia has sent their Admiral Makarov frigate with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles to the Mediterranean; it will join the Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Pytlivy frigates, landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and the Vishny Volochek missile corvette.
This move by the Russian Navy appears to be in response to the constant ceasefire violations committed by the jihadist rebels inside the Idlib buffer zone.
A military source in Damascus told The Hal Turner Radio Show this afternoon that the Russian naval buildup was conducted in response to the ceasefire violations and refusal of armed groups to leave the buffer zone.
Readers may recall that earlier this year, most of Syria had been cleared-out of so-called "Rebels" and other Terrorists, most of whom fled to the Idlib Province. As Syria and Russia made clear Idlib "would be cleared" of such people, the US, UK, France and others began screeching about a "humanitarian disaster" if Idlib was attacked.
In response, Syria, Russia, Turkey and other entities made an agreement (The Sochi Agreement) about how things were to be handled with the Idlib province. THAT AGREEMENT is falling apart because the rebels and terrorists inside Idlib refuse to comply with agreement provisions.
Given this reality, Syria and Russia now clearly understand they will, in fact, have to militarily clear Idlib, and both are moving forces into position to do so.
In the past, France/UK/US (a.k.a. "FUKUS") made known they would militarily attack Syria if military attacks were undertaken inside Idlib.
Now, however, Syria is equipped with the latest S-300 Air Defense System, and Russia is moving upwards of a dozen naval vessels just offshore. That means FUKUS will not be able to militarily intervene or attack Syria once a Russian/Syrian cleansing of Idlib begins, without tremendous peril of losing all the military aircraft engaged in such an endeavor.
Losses, however, might be a desirable outcome, and FUKUS might undertake such an attack anyway because it would result in both Syria and Russia Opening fire upon FUKUS forces, resulting in immediate war; a war that the west seems to be trying very hard to start.
The situation is ripe to go wrong.
Readers should pay close attention over the next week to see how this shakes out.