MOSCOW, July 20 (RIA Novosti)
The Alaed, the ship at the center of a recent diplomatic row between Russia and the West, arrived to St. Petersburg on Friday evening, according to the data from the AIS tracking system.
A security source said the ship had offloaded its cargo of Mi-25 attack helicopters it carried to Syria in the Russian port of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region earlier on Friday.
U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia in June of supplying helicopter gunships to Damascus which could be used to massacre civilian demonstrators in the ongoing insurrection in the country. Russia said it was fulfilling a contract previously signed long ago for repair of the aircraft and denied they could be used for attacking civilians.
Femco, the shipping agent which owns the ship, the Alaed, previously said the documentation accompanying the cargo did not contain any data linking it to Syria.
The Alaed originally set sail from Baltiysk in June, allegedly carrying three Mi-25s and some air defense equipment. The ship turned back to Russia later that month, after its insurance cover was suspended by its British insurer, Standard Club. It later turned back and entered the port of Murmansk, and was later re-flagged as a Russian registered vessel.
The U.S. Congress voted to break off all contacts with Russia's state arms corporation Rosoboronexport on Thursday over concerns about Russia continuing to supply arms to Syria. Russia has maintained it is only fulfilling contracts signed before the current wave of unrest in Syria, and said last week it will not supply a batch of Yak-130 advanced jet trainers to Damascus.
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- mishkaI just want to learn.01:36, 21/07/2012Why is it so important The U.S. Congress voted to break off all contacts with Russia's state arms corporation Rosoboronexport?
- Veselko3Once again, Russia unreliable partner !10:15, 21/07/2012Syria is waiting for the repaired helicopters when most needed.
Iran still waiting for S300.
One only can get Russian weapons when one doesn't need them.
Good countries to buy russian weapons could be Vatican, Monaco,
- mishkaYou may want to read.14:12, 21/07/2012Somebody as anonymous posted a comment into my blog about this topic. It s interesting and accordance to your thougths. He wrote so: May be some Russian weapons are not as good as claimed and Russia doesn't want the whole world to be aware of that. So they won't sell S-300 to countries where it could be fired ..... and never reach any target. S-300 can be sell to Greece, to the Vatican, to Monaco without any risk.
- mishkaWhat else they can do.14:26, 21/07/2012I dont criticize Putin administration about it. Nobosdy could behave different. Russia is a player of a game which is USA is refree. You can not be agianst the king of capitalism as far as you are a capitalist. America can fall to the deep Russian stock market with many Russian companies bankraption. If they reduce oil prices with the help of their Arabic monarchy allies, millions may have poverty problem in Russia. If Saudi Arabia or others increase the oil production twice, the price will be 20 USD and it means Russian goverment even can not pay pensioner salaries. In capitalist system a goverment has a lot of things to worry about like international rating enterprises which completely is under American control. You have to obey "the queen bee" if you are a bee. It was the secret of Soviet Union to be able to challenge to the US as not to be capitalsit.
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Russia has become very adept in playing the diplomatic game, in which victory depends on choosing the right associate or partner. But there are a growing number of claimants to this role in the new horizontal and interdependent world. Aside Syria and Iran, being still important, the new venues for the application of practical diplomacy may well be Ukraine, the East China Sea and Afghanistan.