(USA TODAY) - Russia's Defense Ministry Tuesday said it detected traces of ballistic "objects" launched from an area in the central Mediterranean moving in an easterly direction, according to a Reuters report.
Details are scarce but the report initiated from Russia's state-run Interfax news agency, which said the "targets fell into the sea."
The Israeli military told Reuters, initially, it was not aware of any missile launches in the the eastern Mediterranean, but it now appears that Israel may have carried out a joint missile test with the U.S., reports said.
Earlier, the Russian embassy in Syria says there is no sign of a missile attack or explosions in Damascus.
CBS News tweeted early Tuesday morning that a U.S. official confirmed that American ships or planes are not behind the missile launches.
Separately, Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander William Speaks told the Associated Press: "I have nothing to confirm those reports whatsoever."
Russia's Defense Ministry declined comment.
Moscow said the launch was detected at 10:16 a.m. local time (2:16 a.m. ET).
The development comes as Congress prepares to hold a vote on whether the U.S. should take military action in Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Written By Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY