Russian Navy to Maintain Balanced Presence in Mediterranean - Military Official

© Photo : Russian Defence Ministry / Go to the mediabankAdmiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria
Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria - Sputnik International
ST.PETERSBURG - The Russian Navy will maintain the composition of its grouping, permanently stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, at a balanced and efficient level, Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev said on Sunday.

"The Russian Navy will maintain the numerical strength of its grouping in the Mediterranean Sea and it will be efficient and balanced," Korolev told reporters at a floating ceremony.

The Russian grouping in the Mediterranean functions on the principle of regular rotation, while the number of ships in the grouping may vary depending on the tasks, the official underlined.

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Launching Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets in Syria. File photo - Sputnik International
US Says Ready to Defend as Russia Deploys in Mediterranean
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country's military vessels would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean Sea due to a terrorist threat in Syria.

In the first three months of 2018, the Russian Navy received a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, three ships, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr cruise missiles.

Russia is actively modernizing its armaments and military equipment amid ongoing tensions in international relations. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it is planned to spend 20 trillion rubles ($352.3 billion) on the 2018-2027 armament program.

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