Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:21 PM
maddezmom (130,861 posts)
US enlists Britain's help to stop ship 'carrying Russian attack helicopters' to Syria
Source: The Telegraph
Washington, which last week condemned Moscow for continuing to arm the Syrian regime, has asked British officials to help stop the Alaed delivering its alleged cargo by using sanctions legislation to force its London-based insurer to withdraw its cover.
Under the terms of the current European Union arms embargo against Syria, imposed in May last year, there is a ban on the "transfer or export" of arms and any related "brokering" services such as insurance. Withdrawal of a ship's insurance cover would make it difficult for it legally to dock elsewhere and could force it to return the cargo to port.
"We were informed on Friday evening that the ship might be carrying weapons, in particular attack helicopters, missiles and non-specific munitions, and we are making inquiries to establish what their side of the story is," said Mr Dorey. "There are exclusion clauses in our cover, and for anyone involved in improper or unlawful trade, we can cancel cover. We are investigating whether or not to do so in this case."
Like most international cargo ships, the Alaed has a complex ownership and management structure. Its registered owner is Volcano Shipping on the island of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, but it is listed as part of a fleet belonging to a Russian company, FEMCO, which was unavailable for comment last night. According to FEMCO's website, the ship's commercial management and chartering is carried out by United Nordic Shipping, a Danish company based in Copenhagen, but yesterday, United Nordic shipping said that the management agreement had never actually been finalised, and that FEMCO's website was wrong.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9336170/US-enlists-Britains-help-to-stop-ship-carrying-Russian-attack-helicopters-to-Syria.html
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US enlists Britain's help to stop ship 'carrying Russian attack helicopters' to Syria (Original post)
Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #1)
Sat Jun 16, 2012, 07:21 PM
lib2DaBone (8,124 posts)
2. The Neocons ARE around.. and the war IS on....
Obama has surged the war and sent Hillary to fuel the fire.
The only problem.. Russia is tired of U.S. imperialism via the Arab Spring.. and has warned the U.S NUMEROUS times that they will not let Syria fall.
Obama has ignored Russian and Chinese warnings....
No more.. Russia will act (to the peril of our troops and the American people.. not to mention the Syrian people)
I don't make this stuff up.... America is TIRED of 10 years of sensless war... bring our troops home and let's rebuild America.
Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #2)
Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:07 PM
Flatulo (3,964 posts)
4. Ya know, I hate to sound callous, but if the Syrians want freedom,
they're just going to have to fight and die for it.
No more US intervention, anywhere.
Response to maddezmom (Original post)
Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:36 PM
EFerrari (163,986 posts)
6. So, what happened to the administration's admission
that these aren't Russian helicopters?
Response to EFerrari (Reply #6)
Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:11 AM
KoKo (69,529 posts)
9. Good Point.
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Was it easier when we just had Judith Miller and the NYT and a Repug President with a war-mongering Cheney and Rumsfeld backed by Neo-Cons. How much has changed?
But, maybe now what we have access to more international new there's more of a chance of preventing a disaster.
There is pushback on the Neo-Cons...but, will there ever be enough to stop them and their push for world war.