October 28, 2016 / 3:17 PM / 3 years ago

Russia sends naval destroyer Smetlivy to Syria: state newspaper

Amphibious vehicles drive in formation past the guided missile destroyer Smetlivy during the Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol, Crimea, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Friday despatched the naval destroyer Smetlivy to Syria to join its battle group there for a few months, Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported.

It said the heavily armed ship had left the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Friday to great fanfare.

Ruptly, a video news agency financed by the Russian government, said the ship would first head for the Greek port of Piraeus to take part in an event connected with the Russian-Greek year of culture.

Ruptly said the Smetlivy would depart Piraeus on Nov. 2.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Polina Devitt

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