About a year ago:
Russia sends warships to Mediterranean as Syria tensions escalate
Editor's Note: 10/1/2014. This is what the situation looked like in Syria a year ago. As it turned out Russia stayed but convinced Assad to give up his chemical weapons. France and the U.S. backed off on taking military action against Assad. Many of the loosely aligned forces fighting Assad on whose behalf we intervened and eventually supplied weapons to, crossed over to ISIS with their weapons. Assad still controls the coast, Russia is snug in her naval depot there, and ISIS/IS now controls most of the inland area of the former nation as well as about 3/4 of Iraq. We weren't certain which way the situation was going to go in 2013 but we made prediction that didcome true and we suspect will remain true. The Russian presence on the Syrian Coast Continues and will continue.
FROM: ABC NEWS:
Russia is sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean as Western powers prepare for possible strikes against Syria.
The news comes as Britain deployed six RAF Typhoon jets to its Akrotiri base in Cyprus in a move to protect British interests as tensions grow over Syria.
Russia, who has stood staunchly behind the Syrian regime during its two-year civil war, has warned Western powers over strikes against Bashar al-Assad's forces for the use of chemical weapons.
Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a source in the armed forces' general staff as saying the warships would arrive in the coming days because of the "well-known situation" - a clear reference to the conflict in Syria.
The navy later denied the deployment was linked to events in Syria and said it was part of a long-planned rotation of its ships in the Mediterranean.
It did not say what kind of vessels, or how many,