Western sources are following the Russian-flagged ship Alaed, which disappeared from global positioning since it was first reported headed for Syria, according to Israel's PORT2PORT transportation Website. The ship was reported to be carrying weapons, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was carrying helicopter parts and no firearms.
A spokesman for the company that owns the ship denied that the crew disabled the global positioning transmitter, explaining that the vessel's transmissions could have been disrupted by the weather. The ship reportedly sailed to Scotland but had to return to Russia over insurance issues. Port2Port's ship tracker showed, Monday morning, that the ship had again left Russia and was in the Baltic Sea.