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Russia says Mediterranean naval build-up is for exercise

30 August 2018
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Key Points

  • Russia has announced a major naval exercise in the Mediterranean
  • It has a missile cruiser, a destroyer, five frigates, three missile corvettes, and two submarines in the region

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided an explanation for a seemingly unprecedented build-up of naval force in the Mediterranean when it released a statement on 30 August saying a scheduled week-long exercise would begin on 1 September.

“A total of 26 warships and vessels of the Russian Navy, including two submarines, as well as 34 aircraft will take part in the event,” it said.

It added that Tu-160 missile-armed long-range bombers, Tu-142 and Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft, and Su-33 and Su-30SM fighters would also be involved.

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