|code: 325473||Date: 2012/06/28 - 18:34||source: Almanar|
Russia May Fly Military Helicopters to Syria
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - "The three Mi-25 helicopters and air defense systems could easily be delivered to Syria by air," a military source, who was not identified, told.
"Russia has to fulfill its obligations. But everything will depend on if we can resist pressure from the West who want us to break military cooperation with Syria," the source said, adding a decision would be made soon.
The West wants Russia to halt all military cooperation with Syria but Moscow has insisted it cannot break contracts.
A freighter, the Alaed, at the weekend docked in the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk after turning back off the British coast from a voyage to Syria to deliver the military cargo when its British insurer dropped cover.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed the Alaed was carrying three attack helicopters Moscow had repaired for Damascus under a previous agreement.
He said last week the cargo also included air defense systems but gave no further details on the type or quantity on board.
Russia delivers a range of limited air defense systems to Syria. Military experts have speculated that the Alaed was carrying the more basic Russian Buk-M2e air defense systems for Syria.
In Murmansk, the Alaed's flag has been changed to a Russian flag from that of the Caribbean island of Curacao.
But Russia has yet to confirm if the ship will now make a repeat attempt to reach the Syrian port of Tartus or travel on to Russia's Far East port city of Vladivostok as originally planned.