Report: All personnel withdrawn from Russian naval base in Syria
A report in the Russian English language web site RT.com indicates that all personnel have been withdrawn
from the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News
Mikhail Bogdanov made the announcement in an interview with the
Al-Hayat newspaper. “Presently, the Russian Defense Ministry
has not a single person stationed in Syria. The base does not
have any strategic military importance,” the newspaper quoted
the Russian official as saying.
Russian media have verified the statement and the business daily
Vedomosti quoted an unnamed source in the Defense Ministry as
saying that this was true as all military and civilian personnel
had been evacuated from the Tartus base and there were no Russian
military instructors working with the Syrian military forces. The
source added that the withdrawal was prompted not only by the
increased risks caused by the ongoing military conflict, but also
by the fact that in the current conditions any incident involving
Russian servicemen would likely have some unfavorable reaction
from the international community.
Russia currently has a 16-ship flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea
but none of them has called at the port of Tartus in recent
months and there were no reports of such plans.
Mikhail Bogdanov is also Russian President’s plenipotentiary for
Middle East issues and he headed the Russian delegation at this
week’s talks between Russia, US and UN on preparations of the
major international conference on Syria, dubbed Geneva-2.
This could be a sign that the rebels are winning. Or it could be nothing. Hmmm.
Labels: Bashar al-Assad, Free Syrian Army, Nusra Front, Russian re-set, Syria, Syrian uprising, Tartus