Kuznetsov will arrive in Syria by the end of year

Russia has loaded its only aircraft carrier with supersonic jets and anti-ship helicopters in preparation for a rare port call to Syria before the end of the year, military officials said yesterday.

Russia has loaded its only aircraft carrier with supersonic jets and anti-ship helicopters in preparation for a rare port call to Syria before the end of the year, military officials said yesterday. The Admiral Kuznetsov will lead Russia’s first major flotilla to Syria since 2008 after completing final preparations at its Norther Fleet base near the city of Murmansk, the official said.The mission will include Russia’s newest anti-submarine destroyer and a fleet of smaller ships that will ferry supplies between the heavy aircraft carrier and the shore once it enters Syria’s Tartus port harbour. Meanwhile, Russia urged an end to “ultimatums” against its Middle East ally Syria after the approval of Arab League sanctions and a call from Washington and the EU for an immediate end to violence.

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