Already a few days last story freighter Alaed («Alaid»). This ship in late June set sail to the coast of Syria with a special cargo. Almost immediately after the release of «Alaid» from port to press reported that still all the same is in the holds of cargo ship. It appeared three combat helicopter Mi-25. Just a few years back the similar announcements almost nobody would have amazed. But at the moment, more than a year when the Syrian army is fighting with so-called opposition, the apparent flight of the ordinary merchant ship for themselves attracted a lot of attention.
A number of Western politicians and journalists to learn about the military loads, immediately drew conclusions about his appointment. Naturally, in their words, helicopters are designed for «killing civilians.» Do not dwell on the peacefulness of the most inhabitants and other characteristics of their activities, including combat. Soon after the onset of disk imaging helicopters began discussions about what to «Alaid» transported to the same complexes for some defense. Some citizens have taken this assumption for the theorem and continued to shout about cannibalistic disposition of cargo. For all this, they for some reason forgets that the SAMs by definition can not be applied against «peaceful protesters.» SAMs are designed to engage aerial targets, airy space invaded the country. Attack ground targets almost always likely only in exceptional cases. As for helicopters, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov has long been told that all three Mi-25 shipped unassembled and their installation will take several months.
Yet, despite all the declarations Russian officials, the noise in the Western press continues. In this bad evaluation voyage «Alaid» support and persons in positions of responsibility. So, a British company, the insurer Standart Club soon after news of the helicopter canceled insurance freighter. Continue to sail and then did not seem likely and Alaed went back to Russia.
It is curious that a return to a military cargo ship does not entail termination unfriendly expressions in the Western press. Partly in this «blame» and Russian bureaucrats: they say that the contractual obligation to repair the helicopter will be fully implemented. Under the agreement, Our homeland must not only carry out repairs and modernization of Mi-25, and provide all related transportation. Needless to say, such expressions are perceived by some analysts zabugornom only as a confirmation of Moscow’s support «anti-popular regime» in Syria. Immediately in this zabugornoy press, for example, in The Daily Mail, there are new reports on the ill-fated voyage. Now states that the cargo ship «Alaid» is not one. About fifty miles away Tipo followed by four warships. As this is true — it is not clear. In all this there is reason to hesitate in the version of the cargo ship escorted by Russian military sailors. The main claim of this conjecture lies in the routes of ships. «Alaid» at the time of these publications vorachivalsya home and warships walked toward the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, they could get close and go for a small distance from each other, but about any escort out of the question.
At the same time, we can not exclude the possibility that the warships will accompany really freighter in his next attempt to break through to Syria. But such an assumption may not be true — according to available disk imaging, «Alaid» after returning changed flag and now flaunts its mast Russian tricolor. So Makar, the likely landing on some assault ship, which also walked rumors may end international scandal. Completely may be that only one Russian flag will be able to cool the hot heads who can not wait to quit Syria without military equipment. With regard to the ability of escorting warships, then it will be an extra security measure.
International law relating to sea freight, fully capable of protecting «Alaid» from some attacks. With all this information attack on his voyage will last. Worth waiting for new messages «accompanied» cargo ship warships. The fact that the transition from Murmansk or St. Petersburg to Syria itself rather short way vessel must necessarily go around Europe. Warships of the combined group, which will soon have to conduct exercises in the Mediterranean, also go this route. Totally could be that huge anti-submarine ships will be at a distance from the cargo ship, which will be enough for the beginning of the new clicks in the press. Eventually, during a training cruise warships can go to the Syrian port of Tartus. It is easy to imagine how some people react to the arrival of the ship to Syria group and a cargo ship, even with an interval of a few days.
Either way, have at the moment are obvious intentions of some Western countries. Not paying attention to the current state of the refurbished helicopters and their purpose, those Brits continue to stick to your line and «take care» of the Syrian insurgents. In that case is to make the Russian Federation? Samples should continue to fulfill its contractual obligations. British link to the EU embargo on supply of arms to Syria? Let not the new helicopters, and a contract to repair them was concluded at a time when no one thought to overthrow B. Assad. Helicopters will be used against «civilians»? Mi-25 is capable of carrying and use anti-tank guided missiles and bombs caliber 100 kg. Entirely clear what the consequences will have such attack helicopters. And these effects are quite different from what is shown by the Western media of information. What’s still up air defense systems, then pumped around the hysteria is not only fun, and remember the adage about forcing the thief and a hat. Clashes in Syria have been going on for over a year, for all this time at the disposal of the rebels did not get any 1st aircraft. Accordingly, government troops simply do not «internal» purposes, which should work defense. But anti-aircraft missile systems may be useful for defense against external enemy. As shown nedavneshny incident with the Turkish reconnaissance aircraft, Damascus does not want to indulge in its air space all comers.
As we see, the return of the cargo ship Alaed virtually no impact on the course of information fighting around him. Hardly they have recently ended, at least because of the latest messages. Appeared on days of anecdotal information on the approximate route of the cargo ship. It is alleged that at first he will go to the port of St. Petersburg, and then goes on a voyage to the Far East. Not entirely clear how this will help protect military cargo transportation, but there is one rumor. With all of this situation over the disputed ship limited only to throw, news and other non-military means of influence. Naturally, the military cargo to Syria brings a lot of inconvenience some countries, but in an open clash they will not go. Accordingly, no fighting between Russian ships that were on maneuvers, and tightened Syria NATO frigates will not. Hardly what burning head of the Western states dare to open conflict because all 3 helicopters and several SAM, especially if the existence of the latter in no way proven.