The new antiship cruise missile weapons shipped to Syria from Russia are capable of deterring international forces from providing support to the Free Syrian Army, according to Nick Brown, editor of IHS Jane's International Defence review. Speaking to the New York Times, he said:
It enables the regime to deter foreign forces looking to supply the opposition from the sea, or from undertaking a more active role if a no-fly zone or shipping embargo were to be declared at some point. It's a real ship killer.
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