3 August 2012, 13:23

Russia sends navy vessels to Syria base

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.

Interfax, Reuters

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