Russia and the United States put aside bitter differences over Syria to strike a deal on Saturday that by destroying President Bashar al-Assad`s chemical arsenal may avert U.S. military action against him.
Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria.
Cautioning against any hasty action against Syria by the US and allies over the alleged use of chemical weapons, China has called for restraint saying that the world community should wait for the results of the UN inspection team.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday took strong exception to the attack on the UN team probing allegations of a poison gas attack in Syria and demanded "safety and security" of the team members.
Traces of nerve agent would remain in victims for weeks, easily detectable if UN inspectors can examine people poisoned in last week`s suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, experts said on Monday.
At least two mortar bombs struck a wealthy district of central Damascus on Monday, in the same area where a team of United Nations inspectors are staying as they investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks.