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Russian warships permanently on duty in Mediterranean: Putin

IANS  |  Moscow 

Russian said on Wednesday that warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will be permanently on duty in the due to persistent terrorist threats from

"A total of 102 voyages by surface ships and submarines are scheduled for this year. As the risk of attacks by international terrorists in remains, our ships armed with cruise missiles will be permanently on duty in the Mediterranean," said at a meeting with senior military officials and representatives of the defence industry.

He praised the professionalism and coordination of Russian ships and submarines during military operations in Syria, which, he said, had destroyed important facilities and infrastructure used by terrorists, reported.

Russian troops have been participating in the fight against the Islamic State and insurgent groups in since September 2015 at the request of Syrian

said the Russian has expanded its presence in the Mediterranean, the and the region.

will strengthen the naval component of its strategic nuclear forces and increase the role of the in ensuring nuclear deterrence, he said, adding that the country will continue to equip the with the latest weapons, means of communications, reconnaissance and



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:26 IST