President Vladimir Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

President Vladimir Putin touted a range of new weapons that are ready for deployment at a meeting with defense officials in Sochi on May 15, saying they will significantly increase Russia's military capabilities and "ensure a strategic balance for decades". "These and other crucial tasks were coped with successfully largely thanks to the high combat and technological readiness of the Navy", he said.

"Russia and Iran must defend their interests together in light of the nuclear agreement", Lavrov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday that the two countries will continue to honour the Iran nuclear deal despite the U.S. exit. "As the risk of attacks by worldwide terrorists in Syria remains our ships armed with cruise missiles will be permanently on duty in the Mediterranean", he said.

The Kremlin has made military modernization a top priority as Russia-West ties plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other disputes.

Russian Federation has added more vessels to the contingent and has used it as a platform to launch Kalibr cruise missiles against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), a jihadi force that has been targeted to near extinction by both Russian Federation and USA -led campaigns in Syria.

So, in March of 2018 to the shores of Syria there arrived a ship of the Navy of Russia Admiral Essen, are also equipped with missiles Caliber.

Putin said the Russian Navy has expanded its presence in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic and the Asia-Pacific region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a meeting with Defense Ministry leadership and defense industry heads in Sochi, Russia, on May 16.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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