German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, center, is welcomed by German UNIFIL soldiers in Limassol, Cyprus, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006.
"The talks have ended as far as the Russian side is concerned," Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
As Cyprus tries to play Russia off against Europe to salvage its economy, It is likely the Russians will ask for some form of compensation for such an investment and Cyprus might even offer the Kremlin an alternative Mediterranean port should ally Bashar al-Assad lose his civil war.. Russia is setting up a structure to monitor operation of its military ships in the Mediterranean sea, according to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu who said March 11 that Russia's navy are returning to the region "for long and with serious purposes".
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A Russian naval task force has successfully completed its protracted mission in the Atlantic, Navy spokesman said on August 29.
[August 19]The large amphibious landing ships Alexander Ostrovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets, and Kondopoga will leave for the Atlantic after resupply [at Tartus?]. Baltic Fleet frigates Yaroslav Mudry and Neustrashimy will remain in the Mediterranean and undertake exercises related to prevention of illegal arms trafficking and anti-terrorism.
[August 11]The Russian Defense Minister states that "contrary to media reports", the task force will not call at the Russian supply and maintenance facility at the Syrian port of Tartus. The Russian task force is comprised of three large amphibious assault ships, two Neustrashimy class frigates, an Udaloy class destroyer and two support ships from Russia's Northern, Baltic and Black Sea Fleets. "In the past two days the task force held tactical exercises which included firing drills involving on-board artillery and missile systems," the ministry said on Friday, quoted by RIA Novosti. The warships will head to the Russian naval base of Novorossiisk after additional training in the central part of the Mediterranean later in August 2012. read
[August 3]Russia’s three warships do not plan to stop at Syria port of Tartus, but may do so if they need to resupply, The ships – Aleksandr Otrakovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets and Kondopogaeac – carry about 120 troops each, along with weapons and amphibious armored vehicles.
[Earlier]Russia's Defense Ministry denied on August 3 that it plans to send naval vessels to the Syrian port of Tartus, the state-owned RIA news agency said.
It dismissed reports, attributed by Russian news agencies to a source in the general staff, that Moscow was sending three large landing ships with marines aboard [Earlier].Russia is sending three warships carrying some 360 marines total to the Syrian port of Tartus and are expected to arrive at the port within days to deliver food and supplies to a Russian naval base there.
[August 2] David Cameron welcomed Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, visiting the UK for the first time in seven years, and discussed the situation in Syria,among other subjects.
[July 25]A Russian naval flotilla of warships destined for the Syrian port of Tartus has entered the Mediterranean, Russia's defense ministry said July 25.
|K-433 St. George the Victor|
|SDK-182 “Kondopoga " Ropucha Class Landing Ship|
RUSSIAN NAVY warships docked at Limassol Cyprus over the weekend for the first time in at least ten years.
The Russian frigate Smetlivy docked at Limassol port on July 15 at 9.30am to re-supply with food and water and rest its crew before heading off in the afternoon at 5.30pm.
, a Russian tug boat Shakhter also docked at Limassol port at 7.56am and is due to leave
A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said July 10 that the United States has "no reason to believe this move is anything out of the ordinary. "
[July 14]Russian observers made a list of ships which may soon be found in Syrian waters.
Large attack landing ships:
Georgiy Pobedonosets with carrying capacity of 500 tons of military cargo and equipment, and 225 troops;
Alexander Otrakovskiy with carrying capacity of 500 tons of military cargo and equipment, and 225 troops;
Kondopoga with carrying capacity of 500 tons of military cargo and equipment, and 225 troops;
Tsezar Kunikov with carrying capacity of 500 tons of military cargo and equipment, and 225 troops;
Nikolay Filchenkov with carrying capacity of 47 battle vehicles and 440 trrops;
Destroyer Admiral Chabanenko;
Destroyer Admiral Panteleyev;
Destroyer Vice-admiral Kulakov;
Frigate Yaroslav Mudriy;
Auxiliary Naval ships:
Naval tankers Sergey Osipov, Lena, Boris Butoma and Ivan Bubnov;
4 naval salvage tugs.
[July 12]“Alaed” is, July 12, sailing southbound along the coast of northern Norway after she left Murmansk on July 10.."MV Alead” has reported that her port of destination this time is Baltiysk in the Russian Baltic enclave of Kalinigrad. A flotilla of four Russian warships are sailing in the same direction some 50 nm north of "Alaed." The vessel, carrying arms for Syria, is now on its way south after she had to return to Murmansk in late June to be refitted with Russian flag. The Defense Ministry said on July 10 a Russian naval task force was on its way to carry out naval exercises in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas.
The task force comprises warships from Russia’s Northern, Baltic and Black Sea Fleets, "In order to develop training and combat missions from the base of Severomorsk got a group of ships in the BOD" Admiral Chabanenko ", large amphibious ship" Alexander Otrakovsky, K-433 St. George the Victor , a Delta III class nuclear-powered submarine SSBN. and SDK-182 “Kondopoga " Ropucha Class Landing Ship. . "The ships assigned to court security," Nikolai Chiker "and" Sergey Osipov . "The ships headed for the North Atlantic," - and will join a detachment of ships in the Baltic Fleet patrol "Yaroslav the Wise" and tanker "Lena." more