MOSCOW, (SANA) – A source at the Russian Black Sea Fleet denied media news about the Nikolai Filchenkov military ship heading to the Syrian port of Tartous city carrying marines to protect facilities belonging to the Russian Defense Ministry in the city.
Russia Today (RT) website said that the aforementioned ship is stationed at the Crimean port of Sevastopol in Ukraine indeed and it is not loaded.
An officer was quoted by the RT website as saying that the ship Nikolai Filchenkov docked there on June, 8th, stressing that "the ship is in the state of instant readiness for departure like all of the fleet’s warships. There are no marines aboard the ship and there were no commands for a voyage towards Syria. The crews are engaged in day-to-day activities."
Media had reported, according to U.S. sources, that the U.S. intelligence was tracking the movement of a Russian military ship heading towards Syria.
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