Russia warns Syrian opposition from attacking Russian naval supplies in port of Tartus

Any attempt to attack the Russian naval supplies and maintenance facility at the Syrian port of Tartus will be rebuffed immediately, a source in the Russian General Staff told Interfax.

"If the armed Syrian opposition ventures to carry out their threat and attack the Russian naval supply and maintenance facility, Russia has ample capabilities in the region now to provide an adequate response. We won't recommend hotheads in the Syrian opposition doing that," he said. "The Syrian side, too, has taken corresponding measures to enhance the naval supplies and maintenance base's protection and defense," he said.

Russian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday that ten Russian warships, including five large amphibious ships and ten logistics vessels, are located in the Mediterranean. "The Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean is busy doing exercises, planned back in 2011. The large amphibious ships are carrying armed Marines," Chirkov said.

A representative of the Free Syrian Army, which is fighting against the Assad regime, threatened to deliver a strike on the Russian naval supply and maintenance facility in Tartus.

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