Putin says Russian warships permanently on duty in Mediterranean

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"Cruise missile strikes and effective operations by deck aircraft inflicted serious losses on the terrorists and eliminated their key facilities and infrastructure", Putin said. The Russian leader touted his navy's role in maintaining national security and enforcing Moscow's interests overseas, especially in Syria, where Russian warships have helped Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian allies battle rebels and jihadis attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. "These and other crucial tasks were coped with successfully largely thanks to the high combat and technological readiness of the Navy", he said.

Speaking further, the Russian president said that the practice of distant sea campaigns and drills should continue.

"This year, 102 expeditions of ships and submarines are planned", Putin said at a meeting with senior military officials and representatives of the defense industry. "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", Putin said at a meeting with senior military officials and representatives of the defence industry.

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.

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Russian Federation maintains a 15-strong naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean consisting of guided-missile frigates, diesel-electric submarines, minesweepers, as well as replenishment ships and auxiliary vessels. The Russian navy has also conducted Kalibr cruise missile attacks against Islamist insurgents in Syria's northwestern, rebel-held province of Idlib. Russian warships provide a crucial buffer on the southern flank of the US -led NATO Western military alliance in Europe.

"All this allows us to closely interact and coordinate our approaches in the United Nations and various military and political security mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region", Mr. Doval had said, indicating a gradual resetting of ties between India, Russia and China. He also charged Russian forces with occasional "unsafe or unprofessional" behavior.

This will be the first meeting between the leaders since President Putin was re-elected in March.

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