Russia’s Femco Denies Weapons Shipment Claim

Russia's Femco Shipping has denied claims made by the mass media and the British Foreign Ministry that one of its ships was illegally transporting weapons and military helicopters to Syria, leading to the loss of insurance coverage for the ship and possibly entire Femco fleet. Femco had previously declined to comment on the matter, but today posted the following statement … [Read more...]

Syria-Bound Cargo Ship Turns Back to Russia

LONDON—British Foreign Secretary William Hague said a ship that was believed to be carrying military helicopters to Syria appears to have turned back after its insurer removed its coverage. Mr. Hague told British lawmakers on Tuesday that the MV Alaed has "turned back now apparently toward Russia." U.K.-based insurer Standard Club said in a statement that it had … [Read more...]

Russia Moving Warships to Syria to Protect Naval Base; Femco Fleet Loses Coverage [REPORT]

Two Russian warships with marines on board are preparing to approach Syrian waters, Interfax reported Monday citing a source in the navy. The Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov landing ships are being directed to the Syrian port of Tartus to protect Russian citizens and to evacuate materials from the region if necessary, the source told Interfax. Tartus is Russia's only … [Read more...]