Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti)
Russian warships engaged in drills in the Mediterranean Sea may enter Russia’s naval re-supply and maintenance base in Syria’s Tartus, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Russian media reported earlier this week that three large landing ships from the Russian flotilla are planning to make a port call in Tartus. Earlier on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said the port call was unnecessary and “not planned.”
Later in the day, the ministry said that the schedule of the flotilla’s mission might be extended to include entry into the Black Sea, and the ships will have to replenish stocks.
"The [naval] command will plan re-supplying the ships’ stocks either via support vessels or via Russia’s material and technical support base in Tartus,” the Defense Ministry said.
Black Sea Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Alexander Fedosenkov said last week Russian warships in the Mediterranean are preparing for naval drills due in September, and are not carrying out any military tasks in Syria.
The Russian flotilla comprises five warships from the Northern and Baltic fleets, plus escort vessels. On Saturday a group of Northern Fleet vessels, led by the Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer, will join the flotilla.
Syria’s opposition National Council earlier expressed its concern about the possibility of Russian warships entering Tartus.
The Tartus base, Russia’s only naval facility outside the former Soviet Union, is used for repair and refueling of warships. The Russian Navy needs the base to support Russian warships in the Mediterranean, as well as those on anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
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- moistStop informing the western fascists...20:46, 03/08/2012...on your every move already! Just do what is to be done by a sovereign super power on the high seas. Flurries of contradictory statements might have worked at one point in time on the NATO cowards but now is the time to act swiftly and decisively.
- Sirko(no title)06:51, 05/08/2012Too bad the Russian government does not have the ding a lings of the vast majority of people who post here.
The entire purpose of regime changes in the Mid East is to deprive Russia a foot hold in the area. That is why the NATO Nazis destroyed Yugoslavia and that is why they are sponsoring mercenary wars in Syria and elsewhere.
Those are the key words. 'Swifty' and 'decisively'...
Russia needs to avail itself every possible assistance to the legitimate administration in Syria and that includes specialized troops and equipment.
The Turks are preparing to get involved militarily in fear that the mercenaries and stooges my loose. They are amassing tanks and equipment on the border...
In light of the present situation in the Middle East, Russia and Israel find themselves facing common challenges. Under these newly emerging situations, Russia sees its partnership with Israel as a potential asset in resolving acute regional issues. From a Russian perspective, the compatibility of Israeli and Russian interests could contribute to such a partnership.