Russian-operated 'arms' ship reaches Syria, source says

By REUTERS
January 13, 2012 15:06

 
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MOSCOW - A Russian-operated ship with "a dangerous cargo" has reached conflict-torn Syria, a source at the vessel's St Petersburg-based firm said on Friday, after being temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus.

The source declined to comment on Russian and Cypriot media reports that the ship Chariot, which set sail from St. Petersburg on Dec. 9, was carrying cargo from Russia's weapons exporter Rosoboronexport. The Cyprus newspaper Politis reported the ship was carrying 60 tonnes of ammunition.

Russia has long been a major arms supplier to Syria, where President Bashar Assad is trying to crush a 10-month-old wave of unrest by military force, prompting Western and Arab sanctions against Damascus that Moscow has not joined.

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