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  • Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Sails Again for Syria

    The MV Alaed has once again left its Russian port and is presumably heading back to Syria. The cargo ship was last in the news when it recently had its insurance revoked after U.K. intervention for carrying Russian helicopters to Syria despite the EU arms embargo on the country.

    So what has changed? On her last voyage, before she was forced to turn around in the North Sea, the Alaed was flying a Curacao flag. Now, she has conveniently replaced her Curacao flag with a Russian flag. It is thought that this will get the Alaed around the insurance problems and EU arms embargo on her last journey a few weeks ago.

    The Alaed seems to be making good progress and will soon be back in the North Sea, where she was when she was forced to return to Russia. According to the BarentsObserver website:

    “Alaed” has all Wednesday been following a straight course through the Barents Sea in the pre-fixed westbound ship separation lane and passed outside North Cape around 16.00 Norwegian time. She will likely sail into the Norwegian Sea later Wednesday evening and presumably sail south along Norway’s northern coast during the next 48 hours towards the North Sea.

    The progress of the ship can be tracked on the MarineTraffic.com website.

    The timing of the departure of the Alaed should also come as no surprise. It was announced yesterday that the Russian navy is deploying a flotilla of up to six ships, led by the advanced anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabanenko, to its Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria.

    It is unclear if the Alaed is being escorted by the Russian navy, but it seems hard to believe that the Alaed‘s departure date, roughly coinciding with that of the Russian naval flotilla, is merely a coincidence. After all, the Alaed was anchored off the coast near the Russia’s northern fleet headquarters in Severomorsk.

    As Heritage pointed out when the Alaed was forced back to her Russian port late last month, there are a number of ways that the helicopters can find their way to Syria. Now that the ship is flying the Russian flag, and presumably not receiving its shipping insurance from London, the U.K. and other countries will be very limited in what they can do.

    In addition to the attack helicopters, it is thought that the ship is also carrying air defense weapons. This comes as Russian officials at the U.K.’s Farnborough air show announced today that Russia will continue to supply Syria with arms and military hardware because of contractual obligations. The overwhelming majority of Syria’s arms have been provided by Moscow, which still has up to $4 billion in outstanding arms contracts with Syria, including fighter jets and air defense systems that are slated to be delivered this year.

    Contracts or not, the voyage of the Alaed shows the irresponsibility of the Russian government to allow a transfer of attack helicopters and other weapons to a regime that is responsible for the brutal slaughter of more than 15,000 of its own citizens. Once again, this shows that the Obama Administration’s “reset” policy with Russia has been a complete failure.

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    5 Responses to Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Sails Again for Syria

    1. Mason says:

      Mediocre writing — not reporting — of important facts. For instance, use of "despite the EU arms embargo" is media-style mis-statement. Also, "she was forced to turn around in the North Sea" is factually very unlikely. What, at gunpoint on the high seas?

    2. Chad Davis says:

      You mean there is at least one Christian nation out there that is willing and able to stand up to the criminal totalitarians in DC fomenting revolution throughout the world by arming and funding bona fide mass-murdering al-Qaeda jihadi terrorists? Outstanding!

    3. Car says:

      Just like in Libya the US supported terrorist that are now killing their own people. The US is know supporting al-qaeda and other factions terrorist in Syria. I'm sure the Syrian government is killing some of their people. But the US is also killing innocent people in Syria by proxy. The US government has killed more innocent people in the Middle East than Gadaffi and Assad combined 10 folds. Dictator Obama, Clinton and the rest are a whole bunch of hypocrites. The US and the media makes it sound like Russia is communist when they are democracy. I know, I have been there. There's more freedom there than the US. They don't lock up their citizens as much as the USA police state. US makes you a criminal because you are poor. There's laws on top of laws that impedes in your freedom civil liberties. We need to take America back and get rid of the bad apples as patriots.

    4. candlewitness says:

      The question that must be asked is why is Russia so hell bent in supplying Syria with WMD's? Why is Russia protecting Syria and threatening the U.N. and America with saber-rattlling if there be any interference? My opinion is they are preparing for war. Not just any kind of war but preparing for WW3. It will be gradual but nations aligning for war is in the near future.

    5. Dwayne says:

      I wonder if the air defense systems are S300s as Russia had an earlier contrct to supply them.

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