Russia: Two 'Ballistic Missiles' Fired In Mediterranean

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Russia: Two 'Missiles' Fired In Mediterranean

Russian radar has detected two ballistic "objects" fired towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea, the country's defence ministry has reportedly said.

Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10.16 am Moscow time (7.16am UK time) 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.

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.

An Israeli military spokesman said they were not aware of any missile launch in the eastern Mediterranean.

Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said: "There is very little information available, but the most likely explanation would be that the US is test firing some of its ship defence systems."

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#5
"A missile early warning system identifies two launches heading towards Syria - although no signs of explosions have been reported."

No explosions have been reported? What none at all, a quiet day in Syria then is it.

Obviously someone isn't happy with the delay in the timeline, things should have kicked off a week ago. So come on who is it trying to light the blue touch paper, the Israelis, the Iranians, Assad? Or is it the French clearing their racks then claiming to have to withdraw back to relative safety of Nice to rearm before it kicks off proper?

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#6
It was the French surrendering to Syria.

(OK I know that doesnt make sense, but its about the French and surrendering).
Unfamiliar with the "never been used before" fire control system of a missile frigate the French sailor said "what does this button do?"


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More from Reuters:



A few more details on the Israeli/US missile test, via Reuters.


Israel said it carried out a test of a missile, used as a target in a US funded anti-missile system, in the Mediterranean on Tuesday.

The Israeli Defence Ministry said the test was conducted at 9:15 a.m. (0615 GMT), about the same time that Russia's state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean.

Early Reuters tweeted that the test involved the "anchor" anti-missile system.


11.28am BST

Israel confirms missile test


Israel has confirmed that it carried out a joint missile test with the US in the Mediterranean, according to the latest brief update from Reuters.

The Russians appear to have been on to something after all.
 
#16
Considering the tension in the region it seems like a rather naive and dangerous piss take. I would have thought Some one should have at least informed Russia.
 
#19
I think the rebels fired them and until I get proof I won't take any other viewpoint...
Surely it's better to consider alternative viewpoints until a solid case has been made, anything is possible even if logic tells you different. Hey it might have been the Greeks trying to flair things up between Syria and the Turks.


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