MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti)
A high-ranking source in the Russian Navy Command on Friday denied media reports that a flotilla of Russian warships will remain in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis.
“It’s too early to speak about the permanent presence of a naval flotilla in the Mediterranean… there’s no need for it so far,” the source said.
However, the source added that the Russian Black Sea Fleet, responsible for the Mediterranean Sea region, will send individual ships to the area.
Ten warships, together with escort vessels from Russia’s Northern, Baltic and Black Sea Fleets, entered the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month. The ships are to convene in early August for joint exercises.
The announcement triggered media reports that the ships will operate in the area permanently on a rotational basis.
“The inter-fleet task force acts strictly according to the fleet command plans, laid down and approved in 2011. No changes have been introduced to the plan,” the source said.
“As soon as the ships complete their tasks under the combat training plan, they will return to their bases of the Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets,” he added.
The navy said earlier this month that the deployment was not linked to the current crisis in Syria, where thousands of people have been killed in an almost 17-month-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
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- mishkaThe truth is that.23:00, 27/07/2012You may read it at
- lmSmile West and NATO you have won again, Russia seems to be losing..23:07, 27/07/2012Cowardly response.
- Sirko'...Smile West...'08:43, 29/07/2012Not yet!!! Not yet...!!! The dance is far fromover....
They are not smiling yet. The issue is far from over.
What Syria needs is a commander like General Chuikov who was the defender of Stalingrad. His tactics destroyed all of the fascist western armies and broke their back in the rubble of Stalingrad.
He has a simple philosophy which was based on an old adage, "Keep your friends close but your enemies even closer." from street to street and house to house.
If you are constantly hugging them they cannot resupply, rest and regroup.
Russia needs and should have a powerful, permanent presence in the Mediterranean to off set and keep an eye on the NATO fascists.
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