According to local news agencies, the Russian Defense Ministry has notified that the country has sent a battleship fleet to the shores of Syria. A senior Russian navy official said that the ships were sent for assisting in the evacuation of Russian citizens.
There are 5,000 registered Russian citizens in Syria, but according to estimations, the actual figure is 30,000. Over the past days there have been reports about the kidnapping of two Russians in Syria. (AFP)