Exclusive: Russia, despite draw down, shipping more to Syria than removing




 
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Exclusive: Russia, despite draw down, shipping more to Syria than removing
 
March 30th, 2016  
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Topic: Exclusive: Russia, despite draw down, shipping more to Syria than removing


Exclusive: Russia, despite draw down, shipping more to Syria than removing
By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia's military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission's main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port. Instead, three days after Putin's March 14 declaration, the Yauza, part of the "Syrian Express", the nickname given to the ships that have kept Russian forces supplied, left the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk for Tartous, Russia's naval facility in Syria. Its movements and those of other Russian ships in the two weeks since Putin's announcement of a partial withdrawal suggest Moscow has in fact shipped more equipment and supplies to Syria than it has brought back in the same period, a Reuters analysis shows.




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