Only EU countries endorse ‘Crimea annexation’ term at Riga summit — declaration
Russian Baltic Fleet marines perform naval landing from world's biggest hovercraft
Russia continues attempts to rescue Russians from captivity in Ukraine — Kremlin
Proton failure to affect commercial launches, says Russian space center director
Russia,Turkey plan to sign intergovernmental agreement on Turkish Stream by end of June
Russia’s Olympic Sochi to host 2017 Winter World Military GamesSports May 22, 21:54
Russia will take tough position in case Ukraine refuses to repay debts — PM MedvedevRussia May 22, 21:47
Russia continues attempts to rescue Russians from captivity in Ukraine — KremlinRussia May 22, 21:41
Russian lawmaker: West is growing disappointed with UkraineWorld May 22, 21:32
Azerbaijan set to strengthen cooperation with European Union — TuskWorld May 22, 21:22
Russia’s Finance Ministry sues tycoon PotaninRussia May 22, 21:10
Protective duties may be imposed on import of dairy products to Russia — ministryEconomy May 22, 20:50
Ukraine Contact Group, Subgroups to have next round of talks June 2World May 22, 20:25
DPR expects Kiev to cancel amendments to law on Donbas after Contact Group meetingWorld May 22, 20:16
MOSCOW, June 15 (Itar-Tass) —— A number of warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are prepared to go to Syria, the Russian General Staff told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“The Mediterranean Sea is a zone of the Black Sea Fleet responsibility. Hence, warships may go there in the case it is necessary to protect the Russian logistics base in Tartous, Syria,” it said.
“Several warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, including large landing ships with marines aboard, are fully prepared to go on the voyage,” he said.
The Cesar Kunikov large landing ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is returning from Italian Messina to base, passed the Bosporus Strait on Friday. It will return to Sevastopol on Saturday, the staff said.
It strongly denied U.S. media reports claiming that a Black Sea Fleet warship had already headed for Tartous. “All the ships are staying in Sevastopol but the Cesar Kunikov large landing ship. Either the U.S. intelligence service works poorly or they have a poor knowledge of geography,” the source said.
The U.S. media said that Russia had sent a small group of servicemen to Syria for protecting the Tartous base. NBC said with the reference to a U.S. official that the servicemen were going to Tartous aboard a warship. The State Department spokesperson said she could not confirm the NBC report.
A group of Russian warships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrying cruiser visited Tartous in January. The group visited the port for replenishing reserves and giving maintenance to ship systems.
Tartous is the only Russian naval base outside of the former Soviet territory – this is the logistics center serving Russian ships on missions in the Mediterranean Sea. The base opened in 1971 under an agreement with the Syrian government.