Thursday 23 November 2017

Missiles fired in Mediterranean detected by Russian radar

Russia's President Vladimir Putin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russian radar detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea today, Russian news agencies quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.

Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10:16 am Moscow time (0616 GMT) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

The agencies did not say who had carried out the launch and whether any impact had been detected. The ministry declined comment to Reuters.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the launch.

"The trajectory of these objects goes from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea toward the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast," Interfax quoted the spokesman as saying.

A ministry official had earlier criticised the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria.

The Russian Embassy in Syria has reported no sign of missile attack or explosions in Damascus after the ballistic launches were detected.


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