Moscow is sending three large landing ships with marines aboard to a Russian naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian news agencies quoted a source in the general staff as saying on Friday.
The source did not specify the goal of the mission, 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.Syria is Moscow's firmest foothold in the Middle East. It buys many of its arms from Russia. Tartus is the Russian navy's only permanent warm water port outside the former Soviet Union.Russia and China have three times blocked Western-backed UN Security Council resolutions on Syria that were meant to put more pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.
Friday, August 3, 2012
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Russia Sends Navy Vessels, Marines To Syria Base