Chariot: Arms Ship Off AIS for 60 hours
The SVG-flag, Russian-owned arms ship Chariot passing Crete into the Levantine Sea went off AIS -- Info Received: 1d 13h 35min ago [as of 01:53:21 PM GMT 02/05/2012].
Back on February 6 near Port Said, Egypt
“We don't supply firearms and what we supply is not used in the conflict,” Lavrov added. Russia’s arms supplies to Syria will not affect the balance of power in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on February 4.
The cargo ship MV Chariot, flying the St. Vincent and Grenadines flag, was en route from St. Petersburg to the Syrian port of Latakia carrying from 35 to 60 tons of ammunition and explosives meant for the Syrian Defense Ministry. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the ship carried a “dangerous cargo,” but did not elaborate. According to the documents, the cargo sender was the Russian state arms trader Rosoboronexport. “We have, as you know, asked for clarification from the Russian Federation. This was a subject of discussion with the Embassy. It was also raised by Deputy Secretary Burns when he was in Moscow,” Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. “Our understanding is that the Russian side continues to look into who was responsible and what happened precisely,” she went on. novisti
A well-placed source has confirmed to the BBC that it [Chariot] was carrying tons of ammunition destined for the Syrian security forces.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Bulgaria, called February 5 for "friends of democratic Syria" to unite and rally against President Bashar Assad's regime, previewing the possible formation of a formal group of likeminded nations to coordinate assistance to the Syrian opposition.
"So we should begin thinking about what we can do, particularly with the Arab League,"Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Panetta were a prime attraction at the Munich Security Conference,February 4, an annual gathering of European and American national security officials and experts. The two spoke to an audience that included... Senators John Kerry, John McCain and Joseph I. Lieberman; and numerous defense and foreign ministers from Europe.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said. "I think it begins with support for the Syrian Free Army."
[February 5]Clinton told reporters after meeting top Bulgarian officials. Such a group could be similar, but not identical, to the Contact Group on Libya, which oversaw international help for opponents of the late deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. However, in the case of Libya, the group also coordinated NATO military operations to protect Libyan civilians, something that is not envisioned in Syria. back