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Russia denies warships heading for Syria

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Russian warships can dock in Syria for resupply – Ministry of Defense

Russia denies warships heading for Syria

RIA Novosti

Russia’s Defence Ministry has denied reports that large landing ships of the Northern Fleet carrying marines had planned to visit Syria’s Tartus port.
“They are not planning to visit the naval maintenance facility at Tartus but this cannot be excluded,” a Defence Ministry official said.

This group consists of auxiliary ships, and this makes it possible for the landing ships to fill their reserves at the sea and fulfill tasks independently.

“At the same time, if the expedition is extended and the tasks set before them increased, the group enjoys the right to fill it reserves at Tartus port,” Defence Ministry official clarified.

On the 4th of August, the warships of the Northern Fleet will start their oceanic voyage.


Aug 3, 2012 19:56 Moscow Time


Russian warships can dock in Syria for resupply – Ministry of Defense

Russia’s three warships do not plan to stop at Syria port of Tartus, but may do so if they need to resupply, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said. The statement comes in response to media reports suggesting that troop transports will visit Tartus.

“In case of possible extension of mission’s terms and the number of tasks on the route of a long ocean trip [of the Russia’s Navy], the command has the right to refresh logistic of Tartus, which is intended for this,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

The statement came in response to media reports that three troop transports from Russia’s Northern fleet are scheduled to visit Syria early next week, according to a source in the Russian General Staff. The ships – Aleksandr Otrakovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets and Kondopogaeac – carry about 120 troops each, along with weapons and amphibious armored vehicles.


It is not the first time when Russia’s Navy has to deny reports on possible stop in Syria.

The Commander of the Russian Navy, Vice-Admiral Viktor Chirkov, announced two weeks ago that the ships taking part in the exercise would not be stopping in Tartus as part of their mission.


Several media outlets alleged that the three ships were called in response to escalations in the Syrian conflict. Russian marines were supposedly going to be deployed at the Tartus naval base to bolster security. The Navy denied the allegations, and said the base’s 50 personnel would be evacuated if their lives were at risk.

The Tartus base is essential to Russia’s presence in the Mediterranean. Moscow intends to preserve and further develop the installation, Navy officials said.

3 August, 2012, 18:34



 Russia sends navy vessels to Syria base

Moscow is sending three large landing ships The Alexander Ostrakovsky, the Georgy Pobedonosets and the Kondopogaassault, each with a Marine company on board, are scheduled to call at Tartus late this week-early next, a source at the Defense Ministry said in Moscow on Friday.
The source said that each ship would have up to 120 marines onboard and the ships, currently in the Mediterranean Sea, would arrive in Tartus by the end of this week.

The source did not specify what the goal of the mission was. But Russia had earlier said it was preparing to send marines to Syria in case it needed to protect personnel and remove equipment from the naval maintenance facility.

Aug 3, 2012 13:23 Moscow Time

Interfax, Reuters