June 21st, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Ship with Syrian attack choppers returning to Russia

A ship carrying military helicopters to Syria is returning to Russia, but will ultimately deliver the shipment to Syria, Russia announced Thursday.

Jordan, meanwhile, announced that a pilot in the Syrian military who fled with his jet will be granted asylum.

The Russian ship - part of an international row over Russia arming Syria - was forced to turn back after a British company withdrew its insurance coverage due to the nature of the cargo.

In recent days, reports surfaced about the ship. On Thursday, Russia announced it was carrying "Syrian attack helicopters," state-run news agency Ria Novosti reported.

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  1. Pete

    Ya telling me now insurance companies from England are helping also.If they didn't check the ships shipping logs they shouldn't be allowed to insure anything right,what gives here ,money over policy,corruption over ethics,morals,its plain to see.Like Ireland giving back that terrorist to dear ole Omar for buying fuel for their country,is there no shame anymore!!

    June 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Who doesn't like money. Do think that the we in the West don't like to make a buck off of countries willing to purchase arms and other goodies?
    Russia's response is as expected. "The choppers would be delivered to Syria".

    June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      There's an embargo and it needs to be enforced


      June 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    Very well written artical. Maybe we should airdrop the message and let those who are forced to commit these atrocities exercise their own free will.


    June 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Hope,Pres.Obama going to enforce sanctions on multiple countries starting June 28.Russia,China and others are included and have been warned to quit buying crude from Iran and Russia,China for helping Syrias Assad with weapons for crude as well,we'll see if they try bucking if they don't stop,only time will tell!!

      June 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mickey1313

    the stop should have been detained, and seized for violating the embargo against sirya. Russia is trying to spark a full on war.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Meanwhile in Uganda the US Ambassadors admit to paying Uganda to dhip and sll weapons in Sudan. Somalia and even to some groups in Rhuwanda and central afriva.
    Despite a soghnrr toUN resolution making it a crime to arm civil wars and to use State. Fept Embassys to do so.
    And the majority of arms reavhing rebel forces so far have come from Libya.igniting street fighting in Lebanon
    The Rebels inBharain found Brazil was main supplier to gov including new improved variety.
    Uganda gov in hard spot as military U S financed and gov banming privste wrapons to only srlect individuals and marking all.
    , except U S shipments,per UN rules.
    Vicious circle as unmarked USweapons end right back in ha.ds of those whose guns were confiscated
    And the game goes on, with the weeping willows tears aside.

    June 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Unlike UScovert arms sales, all illegal under UN rules, the sales of non-fixed wing aircraft is perfectly legal, and why mo outcry when U S uses them instead of over 60 wedding crashing attacks in Afghanistan?
    If the willows weep over Iraq they better drink a lot of water if US goes into Syria; it ain't gonna be a turkey shoot ofuntrained andpoorly armed civilians

    June 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |