Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

Peskov added that the Bulgarian president would visit Sochi.

The deployment shows how Russian Federation has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favour of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"In the course of the year, the air part of a nuclear triad will receive modernized missile-carrying bombers TU-95MS and TU-160 armed with modern cruise long-range missiles Kh-101 and Kh-102", he said.

"Strategic nuclear forces have key significance for defense and security", Putin said.

Russian Federation will keep its warships - armed with Kalibr cruise missiles - in the Mediterranean to thwart the possible re-emergence of terrorist groups in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said, hailing the navy's operations overseas.

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The country will continue to equip the Navy with the latest weapons, means of communications, reconnaissance and target indication systems, Putin said.

The new S-500 missile system is created to be precise and powerful enough to hit targets at the highest altitudes, including near space.

Putin on Wednesday said only warships armed with Kalibr missiles would be on permanent standby and not submarines.

Despite a weak economy and depleted government finances, the Kremlin has made military modernization a top priority as its relations with the West have soured over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the war in Syria, and many other disputes.

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