Syria Live Blog
Syria - Jan 8, 2012 - 13:02
A Russian naval flotilla, including an aircraft carrier, has docked at the Syrian port of Tartus in what Syrian state media has hailed as a show of solidarity from Moscow.
"The port call is aimed at bringing the two countries closer together and strengthening their ties of friendship," the official SANA news agency quoted a Russian naval officer it named as Yakushin Vladimir Anatolievich as saying.
"The commanders of the Russian naval vessels docked in Tartus took turns to express their solidarity with the Syrian people," the news agency added.
The governor of Tartus province, Atef al-Nadaf, paid tribute to the "honourable position adopted by Russia which has stood by the Syrian people."