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Russian Re-armament in Syria Amid the Aleppo Lull in Hostilities

Russia's self-declared lull in hostilities over Aleppo, Syria, has not brought any Russian humanitarian air to trapped civilians in the bomb-ravaged city. Instead, the lull over Aleppo is witnessing Russia's rearmament in Syria.

The BBC-News has reported of a flotilla of Russian warships passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Among the ships, the BBC-News reported, was the Admiral Kuznetsov, the only aircraft carrier in the Russian navy. The United Kingdom(UK) has dispatched a destroyer and frigate to eye the Russian ships as they sail close to Britain in international waters.

Why would Russia deploy its only naval aircraft carrier along with additional ships to the Mediterranean Sea off Syria, where it already has nine vessels? Russian media claim:"...It will strengthen Russia's current naval presence off the Syrian coast and provide air cover," the BBC-News reported.

Russia's deployment could be under a Syrian ploy, yet given the mindset of Vladimir Putin, this deployment appears to be NATO related aimed at encircling the second largest army in NATO, Turkey, in spite of recent seemingly good overtures between Ankara and Moscow.