Russian Navy ready to break Syria blockade

Friday, July 13, 2012
By Paul Martin
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Moscow: Russian Navy warships will be sent to defend Russian merchant vessels in the event of a blockade due to the situation in Syria, an official said.

“The fleet will be sent on task to guarantee the safety of our ships, to prevent anyone interfering with them in the event of a blockade. I remind you, there are no limits,” said Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of Russia’s military technical cooperation agency.

The Defence Ministry has said a Russian naval task force was on its way to carry out naval exercises in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The task force comprises warships from Russia’s Northern, Baltic and Black Sea Fleets, a ministry official said.

Russian cargo ship Alaed, which was carrying a cargo of renovated Mil Mi-25 helicopter gunships to Syria, was forced to stop on June 18 and return to Russia after its insurance cover was withdrawn by a British insurer.

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