#AceWorldNews – ITALY (Gioia Tauro) – July 02 – A Danish ship carrying hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons has steamed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro for a rendezvous with a U.S. cargo vessel that will destroy the toxic material.
Escorted by an Italian coast guard vessel and other ships, the Ark Futura pulled into port as the sun rose Wednesday and anchored near the MV Cape Ray.
A helicopter buzzed overhead.
The Ark Futura last month picked up the last batch of Syrian chemical weapons — including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas — that were removed as part of the international effort to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile.
The chemicals are to be loaded onto the Cape Ray later Wednesday and will be neutralized at sea.
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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Four Danish fighter jets have arrived in Estonia, the first time NATO warplanes will be stationed in the Baltic nation. (rfrl)
The deployment comes at a time when NATO is boosting its presence in eastern members of the alliance to allay concerns over what Western officials describe as Russia’s interference in Ukraine.
At a ceremony, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas praised NATO’s decision to deploy planes to the country, saying it will boost regional security.
Until now, NATO’s sole Baltic air base was in Siauliai, in northern Lithuania, from where alliance planes have carried out Baltic air patrols since 2004.
On April 28, some 150 U.S. troops also arrived in Estonia, part of a 600-strong force that Washington sent to Poland and the Baltics. (AFP/AP)
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