RUSSIAN warships have steamed into the Mediterranean as Vladimir Putin boosts his forces in Syria in a bid to match the US and their allies.
Russian navy frigate Pytlivy and destroyer Smetlivy both sailed through the Bosphorus Strait today as they headed for Putin’s navy base at Tartus.
Both vessels are bristling with missiles and add to the large Russian navy presence in the Med.
Up to 11 warships can be docked at Russia’s navy base on the Syrian coast – and Putin has around 10,000 troops in the war-torn nation helping dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Navy watchers have said Putin is trying to ramp his presence to match the US and allies.
The Krivak-class vessel was designed to take on enemy submarines with rockets and torpedo tubes.
It also has launchers capable of firing anti-submarine missiles, along with 40 anti-air missiles.
And while the two warships sailed for Syria, the Russian alligator-class landing vessel Nikolai Filchenkov was seen sailing back into the Black Sea