Sept 2, 2013
Russia has sent a reconnaissance vessel from its Black Sea  fleet to the coast off Syria, a report said Monday, as Moscow anxiously watches Western plans for military action against the Damascus regime, a report said Monday.
The SSV-201 intelligence ship Priazovye on Sunday evening started its voyage “to the appointed region of military service in the eastern Mediterranean,” a military source told the Interfax news agency.
“The crew have the mission… of collecting operative information in the region of an escalating conflict,” it added.
Russia ‘absolutely’ unconvinced by Syria chemical attack claims
Russia is totally unconvinced by evidence presented by the United States and its allies of an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.