Russian Warships Head for Syrian Port of Tartus

Friday, August 3, 2012
By Paul Martin

BBC.uk
3 August 2012

Three large Russian landing ships carrying hundreds of marines will soon visit the port of Tartus in war-torn Syria, the Russian military says.

The ships, each with up to 120 marines on board, will spend a few days in the port, the general staff source said.

They will take on fresh supplies of food and water. Russia has a small naval maintenance facility at Tartus.

It is not clear whether some marines will stay in Tartus. Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The source did not give details of their military equipment – a sensitive issue, because Mr Assad relies on Russian military hardware for his armed forces.

Russian officials have dismissed speculation that their military could intervene in the conflict to bolster Mr Assad’s regime.

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