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Despite tensions, Russia's 'Syria Express' sails by Istanbul

A Turkish flag flies on a ferry as Russian warship, the BSF Saratov 150, is seen sailing through the Bosphorus off Istanbul en route to the eastern Mediterranean seaOut of the mist on the Bosphorus that divides Europe and Asia looms the hulk of a Russian warship purposefully making its way to the Mediterranean. Most likely the ship is part of Moscow’s so-called “Syria Express”, a key supply line for naval deliveries from its Black Sea ports to military operations backing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Dozens of Russian warships, auxiliary naval cargo ships and sometimes even submarines have passed through the Bosphorus Strait, northbound and southbound.

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