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Russia Navy to have permanent fleet in Mediterranean

The Russian Navy will station a permanent task force in the Mediterranean Sea, Admiral Viktor Chirkov said.



Moscow: The Russian Navy will station a permanent task force in the Mediterranean Sea, Admiral Viktor Chirkov said.

"Up to five or six warships must be present in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis," Xinhua quoted Chirkov as telling a TV station run by the defence ministry.

He said the squadron would be made up of frigates, cruisers and support vessels, and would be under the command of Russia`s Black Sea Fleet.

Earlier, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu also said the navy possessed the capabilities to form a workable squadron in the region.

He, however, did not give a timetable for the deployment, which would need to ensure logistics and maintenance of warships in the Mediterranean.

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