Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
WEDNESDAY, 23 APR 2014
10:17 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Russian warships enter Mediterranean
A Turkish Navy cost guard boat (L) escorts the Russian Navy destroyer Smetlivy in the Bosphorus in Istanbul July 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A Turkish Navy cost guard boat (L) escorts the Russian Navy destroyer Smetlivy in the Bosphorus in Istanbul July 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A+ A-

BEIRUT: A group of warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered the Mediterranean sea to bolster a new regional task force, the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti quoted a fleet spokesman as saying Thursday.

“The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships enter this region,” Capt. First Rank Roman Martov said, reported the agency.

Novosti said the warships were en route to Cyprus and are scheduled to make a port call in Limassol. The warships will join Russia’s Mediterranean task force.

An official from the Russian Embassy in Beirut confirmed the ships presence and added it was a normal procedure. Russia maintains a military base in the port of Tartous, Syria and has a Mediterranean naval pressence.

The state news agency said the vessels – including the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the amphibious warfare ships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi as well as a tanker and tug – left the port of Vladivostok on March 19.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in April that Moscow has begun setting up a naval task force in the Mediterranean, sending several warships from the Pacific Fleet to the region, Novosti said.

A permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean was needed to defend Russia’s interests in the region, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March.

According to Novosti, a senior Defense Ministry official said the Mediterranean task force's command and control agencies will be based either in Novorossiysk, Russia, or in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Novosti said the Soviet Union maintained its 5th Mediterranean Squadron from 1967 until 1992. It was formed to counter the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet during the Cold War, and consisted of 30-50 warships and auxiliary vessels.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Russia / Cyprus
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Tuesday April 22, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS