TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia is expected to start a full-scale military operation in Syria’s Aleppo this week to support the government forces, UK media reported Monday, citing an analysis by a Western intelligence service.
The Times newspaper, citing the findings of the analysis, said the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by seven warships and sailing in the Mediterranean, is expected to reach the Syrian coast between Wednesday and Friday to support the operation.
The media outlet also noted that three Russian submarines armed with cruise missiles are allegedly sailing to the Syrian coast.
A Western intelligence source told the newspaper that Moscow is “on the brink of a major military assault on Aleppo”.
The publication assumes that Moscow seeks to exploit a pause in the United States on the eve of the presidential election in order to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Forces’ secure a decisive victory in the Syrian largest city.
Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a battlefield between government forces and numerous terrorist groups.