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    This 19, 2008, file photo shows the Russian Admiral Chabanenko destroyer arrives at Havana’s harbor. (AFP)


Tuesday 10 July 2012

MOSCOW: Russia has sent a naval flotilla of six warships led by an anti-submarine destroyer to its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
The Admiral Chabanenko and three landing craft have left their home port of Severomorsk in the Arctic Circle on their way to the Mediterranean where they will be joined by the Russian patrol ship Yaroslav Mudry as well as an assistance vessel, a military source told the agency.
“The program of the voyage includes a call in the Syrian port of Tartus,” the unnamed source told the news agency.
The source said the trip was taking place in line with the plans of military readiness of the Russian fleet. According to Interfax, the source insisted that the deployment “was not linked to the escalation of the situation in Syria.”

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