Russia sends more warships to aid Syria
HOPES that Russia might distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime diminished yesterday as a flotilla of Russian warships was dispatched to the Mediterranean.
In a powerful signal of military might, the 11 warships set sail to safeguard Russian merchant ships from "interference" as they continue to deliver air-defence systems and helicopters to Syria.
Russia's announcement earlier this week that it would halt delivery of weapons to Syria until the situation there stabilises, had raised hopes that Moscow might begin taking a harder stance towards its Soviet-era ally.
But Vyacheslav Dzirkaln of Russia's military-technical agency said yesterday: "One cannot possibly speak of us imposing an embargo on Syria." (© Independent News Service)