Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Russian Mother Ship Arrives in Syria Before End of Year (2011)

MOSCOW, - The Russian military officers on Tuesday (11/29/2011), confirmed the plan to send the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and some escort ships to the military base Tartus in Syria. Fleet is currently in the final stages of preparation and is planned to arrive in Syria before the end of this year.

Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier-the only carrier that is still operated the Russian Navy, will bring the supersonic fighter planes and several helicopters antikapal. The vessel will lead a convoy of several other Russian warships, including destroyers latest anti-submarine ships and a smaller size.
Preparation of the final convoy of ships that are currently being conducted in the Russian Northern Fleet base near the city of Murmansk, northwest Russia. This is a massive convoy of the first Russian warship to visit Syria since 2008 and comes amid an increasingly heated situation in Syria linked to international pressure on the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.
A day earlier, the Izvestia daily * mentioned * in Moscow, the Russian Navy the mission's visit to Syria is scheduled in the spring of 2012. However, many other Russian news agencies reported accelerated the departure date for no apparent reason. The officials just confirmed, this mission has nothing to do with the heat on Syria at this time.
"Our ships visit to Syria was planned long ago and had nothing to do with the current conditions in Syria. Mission is dedicated to increasing our naval crew training," said a Defense Ministry official, who was not named, told Reuters news ITAR-TASS.
For whatever reasonWhen confirmed, the Russian Armed Forces Commander General Nikolai Makarov, just confirmed there will be naval exercises in the region around Syria. "We have scheduled a series of exercises, but all this has nothing to do with Syria," said Makarov.
Syrian Ambassador to Russia, Suleiman Abu Diyab, confirming the Russian Navy's mission is not related to the current situation in Syria. However, Abu Diyab indicates there is a possibility that the Russian ships come to Syria not only to undergo repairs in the Tartus base.
"You can not attach hook-planned visit to the Russian ships in Tartus current situation in Syria. Syria is a friend of Russia and the ships they could enter our harbor to undergo repairs or for whatever reason," said Abu Diyab.
In a report * Izvestia * mentioned, former Chief of Staff Admiral Viktor Kravchenko Russian Navy said that the Russian military presence in Syria will have a positive impact for the region, because it can prevent the outbreak of armed conflict between Syrian troops with NATO forces. "The presence of military forces outside the NATO force would benefit the region as it will prevent the outbreak of armed conflict," said Kravchenko.
Military base in Tartus is designed as a quick fix post Soviet ships operating in the Mediterranean in the era of the Cold War. Currently, there are no Russian ships are based there, but about 600 personnel assigned there Kemenhan Russia.
Russia recently became louder voiced support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria to reject any ultimatum that called for Western countries, including calls for a total arms embargo. Syria became Russia's most important ally in the Arab world after the regime collapsed in Libya Moammar Khadafy.

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