Russian Warships To Patrol Syrian Coast Permanently

Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, the RIA Novosti news agency reported quoting Russian Defense Ministry sources on Friday.

"A decision has been made to deploy Russian warships near the Syrian shores on a permanent basis," the report said.

The Russian Kashin-class guided-missile destroyer 'Smetlivy' is currently deployed near the Syrian coast. Another Black Sea Fleet ship will replace it next month, the sources said, adding that several Russian warships were on their way to the Mediterranean.

The United States, France, Britain, Germany and some other countries have deployed more warships to the Mediterranean since the outbreak of the unrest in Syria 13 months ago. According to the U.N., more than 9,000 people have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government on Thursday declared a ceasefire with the Opposition fighters as part of a U.N.-brokered peace plan.

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