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aviation plant still to receive helicopters from Syria-bound ship

ST. PETERSBURG, July 23 (RIA Novosti) — An aviation repair plant in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has not yet received the Mi-25 helicopters from the Alaed ship, a plant spokesman said on Monday.

The ship, at the center of a diplomatic row between Russia and the West, has offloaded the aircraft in the Russian port of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region, a security source said on Friday. The Alaed docked at St. Petersburg later in the day.

The helicopters were originally overhauled at the 150th aircraft repair plant in of Kaliningrad.

“We haven’t received them yet… They are being returned to us,” the plant spokesman said.

The Alaed originally set sail from Baltiysk in June, allegedly carrying three Mi-25s and some air defense equipment. The ship turned back to Russia later that month, after its insurance cover was suspended by its British insurer, Standard Club. It later turned back and entered the port of Murmansk, and was later re-flagged as a Russian registered vessel. (PNA/RIA Novosti) CTB/rsm

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