Interfax: Russia readies marines for Syria mission

By REUTERS
June 18, 2012 13:42

OSCOW - Russia is preparing to send marines to Syria in the event that it needs to protect personnel and remove equipment from its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus, Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

Syria is Moscow's firmest foothold in the Middle East, buys weapons from Russia worth billions of dollars, and hosts the Russian navy's only permanent warm water port outside the former Soviet Union.

The report cited an unidentified officer in the naval command. The navy and Defense Ministry declined immediate comment.


Related Content

Breaking news
February 21, 2018
Security forces arrest 20 Palestinians overnight

By JPOST.COM STAFF

Israel Weather
  • 11 - 21
    Beer Sheva
    12 - 20
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 9 - 17
    Jerusalem
    12 - 17
    Haifa
  • 14 - 25
    Elat
    11 - 22
    Tiberias