MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti)
he Russian arms ship at the center of a diplomatic row between Russia and the West is loading up with a new unknown cargo at the St. Petersburg port, according to a bulletin posted on the port’s website on Tuesday.
The Alaed docked at St. Petersburg on Friday after offloading Mi-25 helicopters in the Russian port of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region
There has been no word from the ship’s owner, Femco, about the nature of the new cargo.
Femco previously said the documentation accompanying the cargo did not contain any data linking it to Syria.
The Alaed originally set sail from Baltiysk in June, reportedly carrying three Mi-25s and some air defense systems. The ship turned back to Russia later that month, after its insurance cover was suspended by its British insurer, Standard Club. It later turned back and entered the port of Murmansk, and was later re-flagged as a Russian registered vessel.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday warships from Russia’s Baltic and Northern Fleets have passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean, where they will team up with Black Sea Fleet ships for an exercise.
According to some media reports, in the course of the exercise they may call at the Syrian port of Tartus.
Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of Russia's military technical cooperation agency, said recently Russian warships will be sent to defend Russian merchant shipping in the event of a blockade due to the situation in Syria.
The U.S. Congress voted to break off all contacts with Russia's state arms corporation Rosoboronexport on Thursday over concerns about Russia continuing to supply arms to Syria. Russia has maintained it is only fulfilling contracts signed before the current wave of unrest in Syria, and said last week it will not supply a batch of Yak-130 advanced jet trainers to Damascus.
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- NicoThe plot thickens...16:31, 24/07/2012Yesterday, we were told that the refurbishment plant had not yet received the helicopters after being unloaded from the Alaed, and now undisclosed cargo is loaded on-board...destination unknown..
Given that the naval flotilla originally accompanying the Alaed is now in the Mediterranean and the EU has announced that they will stop ships that they suspect of sending arms to Syria, would EU officials dare to hijack a lone Russian ship suspected of carrying equipment destined for Syria?
What if the ship was found to be carrying beans?
If the contents and destination remain undisclosed, it will be a game of Russian roulette for the EU autocrats.
- SirkoOf Course...!!!17:33, 24/07/2012They will try to stop it. Wouldn't you if you were supporting the criminals and mercenaries you sent into Syria. Russia does not need a flotilla in the Mediterranean. It needs a permanent fleet there. Barring that only one escort ship will do and the nukes out of the silos as she should have done when the Euro Rats were destroying Yugoslavia.
For centuries the policy of the Euro imperialist rats has been to keep Russia out of the Mediterranean, for obvious reasons. That policy reached a pinnacle during the Disraeli Regime in Britain. All one has to do is look at his name to see what was motivating him.
The main reason for the destruction of Yugoslavia was to limit Russian access the Mediterranean Sea...Once again for obvious reasons for as its name in Latin says, it is the mid land sea and controls three large regions southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Mid East.
What boggles the senses is why Russia is skulking around sneakily as if it is the criminal in this issue. Make it public that "We will support the legal Syrian administration and you will step aside unless you are interested in a global conflagration. Russia should obey that same policy with the Anti-Christ traitorous Pole with his American Zionist missiles.
- moistMy guess...16:33, 25/07/2012Skulking around or not, my guess is that the delivery partly is on it´s way on one of the large landing ships heading for Tartus and it is yet to be seen if the Armani-dressed and *ss odoured €Urofags would risk a cold winter both literally and politically by acting as the Zionist regime´s pirates on the high seas. They wont...
- lmPutin when will you show actions in Syria demonstrating Russia means business in protecting its interest are you afraid of the West?07:50, 26/07/2012The big question here on everyone’s mind is when will Russia stop hiding behind words and not showing any type of meaningful actions on the Syrian front? Could it be that they have shot their own feet by saying "Russia has no special interest in seeing Assad stay in power?
RUSSIA STOP THE ENDLESS TALKING AND GET SERIOUS ITS YOUR LAST STAND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SENCE SHOULD SYRIA FALL TO THE WEST YOUR TURN IS NOT FAR AWAY 100% ITS COMING YOUR WAY IF YOU DO NOT STOP IT NOW.
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