TODAY   |  August 29, 2013

Russia moving ships toward Syrian coast

The Russian military is moving some of its navy into the Mediterranean Sea, which is being seen by some as Vladimir Putin sending a message about the consequences of a U.S.-led strike against the Syrian regime. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>>> we'll begin with breaking news tied to possible military action against syria . nbc's jim miklaszewski is at at the pentagon for us this morning.

>> this is clearly a new twist over the tensions between the u.s. and russia over potential u.s. military attacks against syria . the russians announcing that they are sending a guided missile cruiser and at least one anti-submarine warship into the eastern med where u.s. warships are floating on standby. at this point, u.s. military officials are only calling it interesting. and they refuse to go so far as to call it provocative. they point out that the russians normally have about a dozen warships in the area and they have their own military naval base there at tartus in syria . they acknowledge that, in fact, they do have some stake in the game. but as the u.s. military has said repeatedly, that they're prepared to send a message to syria . it appears that president putin is sending a message to the u.s. savannah?

>> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon,