This comes just days after a new ceasefire effort began in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday.

The additional weaponry was transported a via cargo ship in the southern port city of Tartus in the past few days, according to two U.S. defense officials.

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“This is not done by people who want to turn down the volume,” one official said.

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Russia also recently sent a new A-50 airborne early warning or AWACS plane to its large airbase in Syria, according to new photos from ImageSat International. In addition, Russian missiles heading to Syria are expected to arrive later this week.

Lucas Tomlinson at Fox News reports that the shipment of Russian SA-21 missiles for the advanced S-400 air defense system will “double” the number of surface-to-air missiles Russia has in Syria, according to officials. The increased air defense capability comes one month after President Donald Trump ordered a massive cruise missile strike into Syria destroying parts of a Syrian airbase, including nearly two dozen Syrian jets.

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After the strike, Russia vowed to protect Syrian airbases with more air defense systems like the S-400. Dozens of Syrian jets were moved onto a large Russian airbase in Latakia along the Mediterranean coast recently, according to officials.

Over the weekend, in a deal signed by Russia, Iran and NATO-ally Turkey, various “de-escalation” zones were established inside Syria. The United States was not a party to the agreement.

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