Rus­sian ships smug­gle fuel to Syria via Greece, Cyprus

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LON­DON (Reuters) – Rus­sian tankers have smug­gled jet fuel to Syria through Euro­pean Union wa­ters, bol­ster­ing mil­i­tary sup­plies to a war-torn coun­try where Moscow is car­ry­ing out air strikes in sup­port of the govern­ment, ac­cord­ing to sources with knowl­edge of the mat­ter. At least two Rus­sian-flagged ships made de­liv­er­ies – which con­tra­vene EU sanc­tions – via Cyprus, an in­tel­li­gence source with a Euro­pean Union govern­ment told Reuters. There was a sharp in­crease in ship­ments in Oc­to­ber, said the source, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the mat­ter. A sep­a­rate ship­ping source fa­mil­iar with the move­ments of the Rus­sian-flagged ves­sels said the ships vis­ited Cypriot and Greek ports be­fore de­liv­er­ing fuel to Syria. Greece’s For­eign Min­istry de­clined to com­ment. The Cypriot govern­ment said its au­thor­i­ties had not ap­proved the dock­ing of any Rus­sian tankers car­ry­ing jet fuel bound for Syria.

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