Russia sends ships to Syria

2012-12-30 22:09

Moscow - A Russian warship carrying a marines unit has left its Black Sea port for Syria amid preparations for a possible evacuation of nationals living and working in the strife-torn country, news reports said on Sunday.

The Novocherkassk landing ship is the third such craft despatched since Friday to the Tartus port that Russia leases from its last Middle East ally, agencies cited an unnamed official in the general staff as saying.

The reports said the Azov and Nikolai Filchenkov landing ships had also been sent to Syria from their Russian bases.

The military source said the Novocherkassk would arrive at Tartus within the first 10 days of January.

The Novocherkassk and another landing ship called Saratov both made a rare port call to Tartus in late November.

Officials did not disclose the details of that visit.

The Tartus base is Russia's only remaining naval station outside the former Soviet Union and is seen as a major strategic asset for Moscow.

Russia has been accused of using the base to supply Syrian President Bashar Assad with secret military shipments supplementing the official weapons sales that Moscow has made to Damascus since Soviet times.

But recent rebel gains prompted Russia to admit for the first time this month that Assad's days in power may be numbered.

Officials have since openly acknowledged making preparations for a possible evacuation should the safety of Russians in Syria be threatened by Assad's downfall.

The three landing ships will be joining what Russian reports said was a much broader exercise off the coast of Syria involving vessels from three naval fleets.

  • joe.bizzah - 2012-12-31 06:53

    barbaric racia

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-31 07:11

    . It is so typical of these Russian bastards; Now after they have been supplying billions, in military hardware to this assad ,and sending hundreds , if not thousands , of Russian 'experts' and 'advisers, which made it possible for this terrorist to; Fire, Rusian made, rockets from Russian made TANKS into apartment blocks, To shoot at women and children, with live amunition, from Russian made GUNSHIP HELICOPTERS To drop Russian made bombs, including cluster bombs, from Russain made military AIRCRAFT, on UNARMED CIVILIANS, at times , onto hundreds of civilians standing in a que to buy bread.........!!!! By doing so, being the main sponsor to MURDERING 45000 Syrians. AND NOW, as they see, they will not be able to keep this assad thug in power, they will drop him like a hot potatoe, get their men and women out of Syria, and make deals with the OPPOSITION, to keep their naval base. What a bunch of rotten scum !!!!

      ettienec1 - 2012-12-31 11:05

      Damn, dont they sound much like America? strange, is it not?

  • piwa.fihlela - 2012-12-31 07:43

    Russians r no worse than bloody allies

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-31 08:33

      . For sure, the Syrian population, won't agree with you, although they are bitterly dissapointed, the West did not give them any physical support, during their struggle to get rid of this assad terrorist!!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-12-31 14:28

      every government has its own agenda with Syria, as for Toos dont worry to much about him, he tends to forget that all the weapons used by the Rebels are Russian.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-31 14:50

      Shame, our man on the border !!! Seldom do you talk any sense, but NOW you do; ! ""he tends to forget that all the weapons used by the rebels are Russian"" This is exactly what I have been saying all along, but it are your lunatic buddies from the violent left, who continiously deny this!!!! The 'rebels' who are armed, are mainly soldiers in the FSA, all who have defected from assad's terrorist army, and were smart enough to bring along weapons and all kind of military hardware, they 'borrowed' from assad, ad as we know 100 % of those weapons are Russian made. Well spotted !!!! Is there anything else we can agree on ????

  • samuel.ngenga - 2012-12-31 07:49

    What cr@p names for ships.

      Shane Loxton - 2012-12-31 14:26

      I suppose they would say the same for your Naval vessels

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