Russia to hold naval drills in Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Mediterranean

20/1/2022 5:15:00 PM

Russia to hold naval drills in Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Mediterranean

this month and February, at a time of heightened tensions with Western nations.The war games will involve"more than 140 warships and support vessels, more than 60 aircraft, 1,000 pieces of military equipment, and about 10,000 servicemen", the Defence Ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

The announcement comes one day ahead of aaimed at defusing tensions between the Kremlin and the West over Ukraine.The West has accused Russia ofof its former Soviet ally and says Moscow is preparing an invasion.Russia denies the claims and has demanded that the

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The war games will involve"more than 140 warships and support vessels, more than 60 aircraft, 1,000 pieces of military equipment, and about 10,000 servicemen", the Defence Ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. The announcement comes one day ahead of a aimed at defusing tensions between the Kremlin and the West over Ukraine." And now that Russia was plunging deeper into its own confrontation with the United States, Mr Raisi told Mr Putin in televised remarks, it was time to take on"the power of the Americans with an increased synergy between our two countries. The West has accused Russia of of its former Soviet ally and says Moscow is preparing an invasion. In Washington, President Joe Biden said Russia would pay a stiff price for invading Ukraine, including a heavy human toll and deep harm to its economy. Russia denies the claims and has demanded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation limit its presence in Europe and not admit Ukraine as a member of the security bloc. Mr Raisi, the hardline Iranian leader, started a two-day trip to Moscow on Wednesday designed to showcase tightening bonds between two countries with often-diverging interests and a history of strained relations - but, increasingly, along with China, a single adversary: the United States. It has also recently repeatedly pointed to US naval drills and air patrols in the Black Sea as exacerbating Moscow's security concerns. That compares to 84.

Russia is currently holding naval drills alongside China and Iran in the Gulf of Oman that are due to conclude on Saturday. In keeping with that message, the visit will include an address by Mr Raisi to Russia's Lower House of Parliament, a rare honour for a visiting leader. And the US leader said he was open to a summit with Putin about the situation. They come during Iranian leader Ebrahim Raisi's first visit to Russia. Thursday's announcement of the coordinated drills comes after Moscow said earlier in the day that it had test-fired a Kalibr cruise missile from a submarine in the Sea of Japan, targeting a land-based target. Mr Raisi nevertheless voiced tacit support for Mr Putin in Ukraine, and Iran's foreign minister emphasised that the two presidents had agreed on the"framework" of an agreement governing increased economic and military cooperation. The Defence Ministry said the main goal of the upcoming massive drills was to"protect Russian national interests in the oceans and to counter military threats to Russia from seas and oceans". "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, etcetera," he said. With ties between Russia and the West under particular strain over Ukraine's security, Mr Blinken was in Berlin on Thursday to meet European allies ahead of the meeting with Mr Lavrov. But along with an upcoming naval exercise combining warships from Russia, Iran and China, the Kremlin appeared intent on sending a message that it was continuing to foster new ties that could serve as a counterweight to the West.65 million tonnes, or 1.

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