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Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria
Telegraph ^ | 6/18/12 | By Richard Spencer, Adrian Blomfield and David Millward

Posted on 06/18/2012 4:06:00 PM PDT by Nachum

A Russian ship believed to be carrying helicopters and missiles for Syria has been effectively stopped in its tracks off the coast of Scotland after its insurance was cancelled at the behest of the British government.

The British marine insurer Standard Club said it had withdrawn cover from all the ships owned by Femco, a Russian cargo line, including the MV Alaed.

"We were made aware of the allegations that the Alaed was carrying munitions destined for Syria," the company said in a statement. "We have already informed the ship owner that their insurance cover ceased automatically in view of the nature of the voyage."

British security officials confirmed they had told Standard Club that providing insurance to the shipment was likely to be a breach of European Union sanctions against the Syrian regime.

They said they were continuing to monitor the ship, which has been the subject of a fierce international row since US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week revealed it was adding to the arsenal of weaponry available for Mr Assad to use against rebellious Syrian towns.

"We have various ways of keeping track of this ship and that is what we are doing," a source told The Daily Telegraph.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; helicopters; russian; ship
Things are heating up
1 posted on 06/18/2012 4:06:08 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Good


2 posted on 06/18/2012 4:07:37 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Nachum

Dang! The British found thier stones? How about the US Administration? Didn’t think so.


3 posted on 06/18/2012 4:07:44 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: vpintheak

We have to wit until after the election when Obama will have more flexibility.


4 posted on 06/18/2012 4:09:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum
I would have loved to be fly on the wall in the room where nobama and Putin met for two hours today. I doubt nobama speaks Russian. Does Putin speak English nobamaese?
5 posted on 06/18/2012 4:10:29 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Nachum

Putin will remove his shirt and point at the British ,that is all


6 posted on 06/18/2012 4:13:13 PM PDT by molson209
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To: svcw

Why good? If the Russians are interested in stopping the Islamofascist rebels, thats fine by me.


7 posted on 06/18/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Nachum
The British marine insurer Standard Club said it had withdrawn cover from all the ships owned by Femco, a Russian cargo line, including the MV Alaed.

What an odd technicality. Is anyone else surprised they the Russians would ship their military cargo to Syria on a ship where this could even be possible?
8 posted on 06/18/2012 4:14:53 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Nachum

I’m sure that bH0 will call up George Soros to personally provide insurance for the vessel so that his pal PutyPutin can deliver the cargo of rescue helicopters and lifesaving munitions.


9 posted on 06/18/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

By all accounts the USSR is supporting the Syrian government, they have been alias for years.


10 posted on 06/18/2012 4:16:28 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Nachum

Britannia still rules the waves?

Someone has to to it.


11 posted on 06/18/2012 4:19:09 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Will the SHTF??


12 posted on 06/18/2012 4:22:48 PM PDT by shankbear (If this mandate can stand, what will be next? Forced to buy certain cars, clothes, food?)
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To: Nachum
Things are heating up

Tempest in a teapot. No Alpha dog at this time!

13 posted on 06/18/2012 4:24:59 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Nachum

Unh-oh. The protesters will be out in force tonight.

How dare the Western powers put any limits on the right of Bashar al-Assad to choke down the local version of Arab spring. After all, everybody knows that the Muslim Brotherhood, a purely secular organization, has only the interests of the downtrodden majority at heart, and this is the avenue to the rise of democracy in the Middle East.

Of course, unseen below the surface, the death match between the Sunnis and the Shi’ites is going on full force, and any dispassionate opinion about the situation would be to let them muscle each other around until neither side has sufficient strength to force its will upon the other. Apparently Middle Eastern power struggles are largely predicated on neither side actually winning, but only continue to cull out the less effective and adaptable fighters on each side.

Of course, a lot of women and children end up as collateral damage, but what you want the Western powers to do? Bomb them from 30,000 feet like they did in Kosovo and Bosnia?


14 posted on 06/18/2012 4:26:06 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: shankbear
Will the SHTF??

All it will take is one captain getting his knickers in a wad at the other and we'll be in the middle of WWIII.

15 posted on 06/18/2012 4:26:28 PM PDT by bgill
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To: vpintheak

From what I can gather of this earlier thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2896071/posts

This action was done at the behest of the US Administration....


16 posted on 06/18/2012 4:28:52 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Army Air Corps

ping


17 posted on 06/18/2012 4:29:52 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: andyk

All they have to do is call Progressive for a new policy.


18 posted on 06/18/2012 4:30:59 PM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG PLEASE vote ABO or OWW and our Country dies.)
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To: Nachum

It appears even tyrants are at the behest of an insurance agent. How long until there is an individual mandate for arms traffickers? /s


19 posted on 06/18/2012 4:35:26 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: shankbear

With Obama running the show, it not only will hit the fan it shorted out the motor, and cause an electrical fire.


20 posted on 06/18/2012 4:45:20 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: Nachum

What is to keep the ship from sailing without insurance?


21 posted on 06/18/2012 4:49:20 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Agree. I think we’d better take a closer look at who we, the US, claims to be supporting this time.


22 posted on 06/18/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Red_Devil 232
What is to keep the ship from sailing without insurance?

Probably the torpedo boats that are just out of the picture frame...

23 posted on 06/18/2012 4:53:25 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
at the behest of the US Administration....

if true, did our Military overthrow zer0?

24 posted on 06/18/2012 4:58:26 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: upchuck

You wouldn’t have heard much.....just Putin telling Obama what he was or wasn’t going to do. Obama is scared stiff of Putin.


25 posted on 06/18/2012 5:08:30 PM PDT by RC2 (Buy American and support the Wounded Warrior Project whenever possible.)
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To: Nachum

I think the ships can’t enter port if they
are uninsured.


26 posted on 06/18/2012 5:08:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mcshot

That’s funny!


27 posted on 06/18/2012 5:13:30 PM PDT by w4women (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Nothing. AFAIK, the insurance comes into play if the ship has to make port. I doubt the Syrians are going to turn down the helicopters because the ship doesn’t have insurance. As long as the ship can make it to Syria without stopping at an intermediate port, there’s nothing the EU can do short of trying to board the ship at sea.

I’m curious about the whereabouts of the Kuznetsov and her escorts.


28 posted on 06/18/2012 5:18:46 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Nachum

Can’t the Russians or even the Syrians just self insure?


29 posted on 06/18/2012 5:18:57 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanks for the ping. Damned interesting. No real air routes unless the Russkies could fly the helos over Turkey.


30 posted on 06/18/2012 5:19:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: alloysteel

Spot on!


31 posted on 06/18/2012 5:21:38 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yep.


32 posted on 06/18/2012 5:30:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Red_Devil 232
What is to keep the ship from sailing without insurance?

All Putin needs to do is indemnify the ship's owner. Russia can self-insure.

It is a strange sensation, rooting for the Russians. This is what it's come to with Obama's Arab Spring and its anti-Christian, anti-Israel subtext.

33 posted on 06/18/2012 5:32:50 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Thanks!


34 posted on 06/18/2012 5:37:46 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Meanwhile the US administration supports the Muslim Brotherhood !


35 posted on 06/18/2012 5:46:58 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Copenhagen Smile

The Russians want to help stop the Islamo-Nazi Muslim Brotherhood while the Brits want to help protect it!

Perfidious Albion strikes again!


36 posted on 06/18/2012 5:47:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Kennard

If you are rooting for the Russians over England, you need your citizenship revoked.


37 posted on 06/18/2012 6:11:09 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The Russians support Iran... worse than the muslim brotherhood.


38 posted on 06/18/2012 6:14:52 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Nachum

Good going Zero. You just started WWIII.


39 posted on 06/18/2012 6:17:45 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: vpintheak

Hitlery has all the dem stones in a lockbox.


40 posted on 06/18/2012 8:34:42 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: no-to-illegals

Actually that is what’s scheduled on the 7th if nobama cheats enough on the 6th.


41 posted on 06/18/2012 8:38:51 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: wolfman23601
If you are rooting for the Russians over England, you need your citizenship revoked.

Asaad is an Alawite, a secular strongman holding the Islamists in check by playing off Sunnis versus Shiites, and a protector of the Christian minority. If the Sunni "freedom fighters" take over, they will slaughter the Christians, probably the Alawites and many of the Shiites. Israel prefers Assad to an unknown Sunni Islamist.

For these reasons, primarily, I am glad that Russia is providing support for Asaad.

42 posted on 06/18/2012 9:31:19 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: Kennard

Frankly, I think we should stay out of it, but England is one of two allies (Israel) I would support unconditionally.


43 posted on 06/19/2012 4:57:50 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: X-spurt

A Great backup plan. May it be!


44 posted on 06/19/2012 5:28:45 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Nachum

Russian isn’t considering this an act of war?


45 posted on 06/20/2012 10:52:53 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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