The Smetlivy guided-missile destroyer will remain in the western Mediterranean through May© RIA Novosti. Gennady Dyanov
MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti)
A Russian warship will dock at the Syrian port of Tartus before planned exercises off the country's Mediterranean coast, a source said on Thursday.
The Smetlivy guided-missile destroyer will remain in the western Mediterranean through May, the source told RIA Novosti.
The vessel left its home base at Sevastopol on April 1 and will call at the Russian-leased port, where it will take on supplies before staging the drills.
The Smetlivy is the last Kashin-class destroyer in the Russian Navy. The ship returned to service after repairs in 2011. Its armament includes two 76-mm AK-726 guns and a SS-N-25 Switchblade anti-ship missile system.
The source said there has been an increased presence of NATO warships in the region since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year.
The UN says more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on the protests. The Damascus government insists it is combating "armed terrorist gangs" who are seeking to destabilize Syria.
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- SirkoLAUGHABLE....!!!06:24, 06/04/2012One ship is laughable. Why not an entire fleet. Russian, and China for that matter should have one ship there for every NATO Nazi ship. The dolts in the Kremlin do not realize only fools abandon all their allies..
- free_mind50(no title)04:47, 08/04/2012the western world cared about the Syrians then they would not have armed them to inflict bloodshed upon their countrymen, as blood
shed brings more blood shed and retaliation. If The opposition really cared about a solution
to the current crisis then they would have not taken up arms and inflicted bloodshed upon their countrymen,after all what are they offering the whole of Syria? Revolution and bloodshed, this
does not sit will with the collective populace of Syria.
If the result of this whole scenario is to bring Syria to its knees, then no upstanding Syrian would accept that, as this would be an attack
on the dignity and identity of Syria on the world stage.
Is this what the opposition is offering the whole of Syria? If so they have failed.
The solution to this crisis is one of a negotiated settlement, where Syria regains its stability on the regional and world stage,and right now the opposition cannot offer this as they have no written legal guarantees from their sponsors, as is the case in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. The whole of Syria knows this and that is why the opposition will fail.
The country will eventually coalesce around the government as a matter of principle to save Syria from balkanization.
- yao.lonVictory of Assad10:00, 10/04/2012Syria will prevail. Western Countries will lose theit battle.
Any anti-ISIL operation in Iraq cannot be effective unless the Islamic State is attacked in Syria. But the final statement of the Paris Conference did not mention Syria as a precaution against disunity in the coalition and with due regard for the Russian position. Professor of the Chair of Modern East Department of History, Political Science and Law in RSUH