Russia announces Med naval drills

Exercise planned last year, Russia says.

Russia announces naval drills in ‘east Mediterranean’

Russia’s defence ministry on Thursday said it would hold naval drills in the “east Mediterranean” region in September and October, as the West frets over a military buildup by Moscow in Syria.

The exercises include three warships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, including the Saratov landing ship, the Moskva guided missile cruiser and the Smetlivy destroyer, the ministry said in a statement.

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