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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Going ballistic: Russia sends missiles to Syria, report claims

Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208)The world's largest submarine, the Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208), equipped with 20 Bulava (NATO-code SS-N-30) intercontinental ballistic missiles with an estimated up to 200 nuclear warheads, is expected to reach Syrian shores during the week of Sept. 14, Israel-based DEBKAfile reported on Monday. The submarine, carrying missiles with a range of 10,000 kilometers is being escorted by two anti-sub warfare ships.

According to the report, introducing nuclear weapons in Syria would bolster the Assad regime's military capabilities during an air and sea confrontation with US forces in the Middle East.

The DEBKAfile report came on the heels of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's acknowledgement that Russian humanitarian flights to Syria also include military equipment.

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