Russia To Deploy A Permanent Naval Presence In The Mediterranean

The Russian Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov underway in the Mediterranean Sea in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated January 7, 1996. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout

Russia Announces Permanent Mediterranean Naval Presence -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Russia has deployed a naval unit to the Mediterranean Sea, it said on Thursday, a move President Vladimir Putin said was to defend Russian security but which comes as Moscow faces off with the West over Syria.

In what is Russia's first permanent naval deployment in the Mediterranean since Soviet times, it has stationed 16 warships and three ship-based helicopters in the region, the chief of staff said.

Putin said the deployment was not "saber-rattling" and not meant as a threat to any nation. Russia cooperates with NATO navies against piracy and its ships call at Western ports.

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