Large landing ship Black Sea Fleet "Saratov" was pouring area and headed for the eastern Mediterranean, said Thursday the military-diplomatic source, noting that the ship is sent to the point of the logistics of the Russian Navy, which is located in the Syrian port of Tartus.
"On Monday," Saratov "took on board several military vehicles and special forces units. On Wednesday, the ship safely crossed the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, and today went to the operating room in the Aegean Sea, "- said the source of the" Interfax ".
According to him, the ship is scheduled to meet Friday with a group of warships of the Black Sea Fleet, performing combat missions in the Mediterranean. "Next week," Saratov "will go to the Syrian port of Tartus, where is the point of logistics of the Russian Navy," — said the military-diplomatic source.
According to the newspaper VIEW, at the end of December a large amphibious assault ship "Azov" and "Nicholas Phylchenkov" came from Novorossiysk to the Syrian port of Tartus with the Marine Corps Special Forces soldiers and a few pieces of equipment on board.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry prepared a plan for a large-scale operation to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria, according to the document, a few days security forces are ready to take out of the dangerous area of about 30 thousand Russians.
Rescuers have provided several methods and routes for evacuation of Russians. The first way — combined. People will be on road transport to deliver to the Syrian port of Tartus and Latakia and from there by sea to ship to Cyprus, to the port of Larnaca. Refugees from there transported to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Defense aircraft, as well as scheduled flights "Aeroflot", "Sayprus Airways’ aircraft at Airbus-320 (capacity — 180 people).
Also in the evacuation of Russian authorities plan to use four-passenger ferry, "Apolonia" (250 seats), Ant-1 (90 seats), Ant-2 (68 seats) and "Konarev" (75 seats). Now, these ferries are in the waters of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. Also expected to participate in the operation of the watch and large amphibious ships of the Baltic and Black Sea fleets.