SERGEI LAVROV NOW DENIES RUSSIAN TROOPS IN SYRIA
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied reports on Tuesday that Russian warships had arrived off the Syrian coast to deploy soldiers.
"Reports that Russian warships are in Tartus are complete fairy tales," Lavrov said.
A Syrian Defense Ministry official also denied the same reports, the SANA news agency said.
“This information is false and is part of the anti-Syria campaign waged by some countries…. seeking military interference into Syria’s domestic affairs,” the official said.
...The Defense Ministry confirmed the tanker Iman’s arrival off the Syrian coast, but said it was for technical reasons and its crew was all civilians accompanied by security guards.
The ministry said the tanker was carrying fuel and food supplies for the Russian Black Sea and Northern fleets, which are engaged in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden.
[source : Lavrov Denies Russian Warships Off Syria, RIA Novosti, 20/03/2012]