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UPDATE 3-Finland probes bid to ship tank parts to Syria

* EU prohibits delivery of arms from its countries to Syria * Russian arms exporter says not aware of such shipment * Finnlines says informed Finnish customs about cargo (Adds statement from Finnlines) By Terhi Kinnunen HELSINKI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Finnish customs officials are investigating an attempt to smuggle arms to Syria through a Helsinki port in breach of an EU ban, after intercepting a container with spare parts for tanks last month.

Finland investigates attempted arms shipment to Syria

HELSINKI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Finnish customs officials are investigating an attempt to smuggle arms to Syria through a Helsinki port after intercepting a container with tank spare parts last month. Customs confiscated the parts found in a container on Finnlines' Finnsun ship at Vuosaari port. Officials for the company were not immediately available for comment. The container appeared have been sent from Russia to Syria, customs said in a statement, adding that there had been no requests for permission of such a delivery.
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