MOSCOW, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Amid a looming U.S. attack on Syria, Russia said Tuesday its early warning system has detected two ballistic targets fired from the central part of the Mediterranean toward the eastern coast of the sea.
The launch took place at 10:16 Moscow time (0616 GMT) and was detected by the radar located in the town of Armavir in Southern Russia, said the Defense Ministry.
Russian naval task force has currently been conducting rotation in that region of the Mediterranean.
At present, neither the Russian embassy in Syria nor the Syrian embassy in Moscow has the information about the two launched missiles.
Guard ship Neustrashimy and large assault landing ships Shabalin, Admiral Nevelsky and Peresvet would be replaced by large anti-boat ship Admiral Panteleyev and large assault landing ships Minsk and Novocherkassk.
President Vladimir Putin was briefed about the launch by the Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the ministry's press service said.
Also on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said the crisis in Syria must be solved through dialogue without any foreign interference.
"The situation in Syria keeps to deteriorate and it negatively affects the situation in the Middle East as a whole. The crisis in Syria must be solved via dialogue without foreign involvement," the ministry's representative for international military cooperation Oleg Dogayev told the Public Chamber meeting.
According to Dogayev, the ministry has been concerned with the growing combat potential of the opposition groups in Syria, first of all those connected to al-Qaida.
"Unilateral operation bypassing UN Security Council will violate international law and undermine prospects of a peace deal," he added.
The White House on Saturday sent Congress a draft resolution to seek authority over a military strike against Syria in order to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade the potential" for future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. It promised that the military action will be "limited" and will not involve sending U.S. troops to Syria.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said any attack on Syria will dampen the chances of holding future peace talks in Geneva.