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Passing through Tartous… with my big ships

(credit: Russian Defense Ministry)

(BRUSSELS2) It could almost be a song... The tactical group of the Black Sea Flotilla leaving for the anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean made a very opportune stop in Tartous... The cruiser launches -Moskva missiles, the patrol boat Smetlivy, the landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov and several support ships called at the Syrian port. for maintenance operations in accordance with the mission schedule”, the Russian Ministry of Defense officially confirmed on Thursday (22 November). They will be " carried out by the specialists of the Russian PM-56 technical workshop in Tartous » as reported by our colleagues from the Ria Novosti agency.

Maintenance, since we tell you

We suspect that these operations could not be carried out in the home port and that it was absolutely necessary, before passing through the Suez Canal. And, of course, this has nothing to do, but nothing to do with the ongoing Syrian civil conflict, the delivery or upgrading of equipment, or even the evacuation of certain others... It is true that the Russians do not are not the only ones to deliver weapons to Syria. And that no international embargo on armies hits the country. So nothing illegal!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).