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A Russian ship bound for Syria with a cargo of combat helicopters has returned to Russia's northern seaport of Murmansk. A British insurer's decision to remove the ship's coverage forced the vessel, the MV Alaed, to turn back.
Earlier in the week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lashed out at Britain for pressuring the Russian-operated ship to abort its mission. He said the MV Alaed was carrying air defense systems and three refurbished helicopters to Syria, adding that the shipment was legitimate and that Russia would not abide by the EU’s arms embargo on Syria.
The UK-based insurer Standard Club said it removed insurance coverage for the ship when it became aware it was carrying munitions, which is a clear breach of its rules. Russia has been a key source of weapons for Syria in the past four decades.
|The Russian-operated ship Alaed is moored outside the northern port of |
Murmansk June 23, 2012.