Friday, January 13, 2012

Alleged Russia arms ship docks in Syria despite vow to change course: And it's not carrying Happy Meals

Turkish officials say ship, which was briefly held in Cyprus, arrives at Syrian port of Tartus after ship turning off its tracking device.

Turkey says a Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons, has docked at a Syrian on port on Thursday after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave.

The ship had made an unscheduled stop in Cyprus, violating an EU embargo on arms shipments to Syria, which has killed thousands in a crackdown on dissent. Cyriot officials on Wednesday allowed the ship to leave after it changed its destination to Turkey.

But Turkish Foreign Ministry official Selcuk Unal said the ship docked Thursday at the Syrian port of Tartus, according to Turkey's navy.

The ship had turned off its tracking device and the information could not be independently verified.

The ship, owned by the St. Petersburg-based Westberg Ltd, was carrying "tens of tons of munitions," according to Cyprus state radio. Read More