30 Dec '12, 5pm

Time to GTF out? "Russia Sends Landing Ships to Syria." AFP

MOSCOW— A Russian warship carrying a unit of marines has left its Black Sea port for Syria amid preparations for a possible evacuation of nationals living and working in the strife-torn country, news reports said Dec. 30. The Novocherkassk landing ship is the third such craft dispatched since Dec. 28 to the Tartus port that Russia leases from its last Middle East ally, agencies cited an unnamed official in the general staff as saying. The reports said the Azov and Nikolai Filchenkov landing ships had also been sent to Syria from their Russian bases. The military source said the Novocherkassk would arrive at Tartus within the first 10 days of January. The Novocherkassk and another landing ship called Saratov both made a rare port call to Tartus in late November. Officials did not disclose the details of that visit. The Tartus base is Russia’s only remaining naval station ou...

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