Shoigu discussed the exercises of the Navy with the President of Syria in Damascus

Shoigu discussed the exercises of the Navy with the President of Syria in Damascus

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected the Russian air base in the Syrian city of Khmeimim, where MiG-31K fighter jets equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and two Tu-22MZ long-range bombers with Kh-22 supersonic anti-ship missiles had previously arrived, the ministry’s press service reports.

The report says that the head of the Ministry of Defense checked the infrastructure of the Russian air base and laid a wreath at the busts of the Heroes of the Russian Federation who died while performing tasks in Syria. “While communicating with the flight crew of the Khmeimim air base, Shoigu introduced a new tradition – he presented a special air helmet to a pilot who made more than 300 sorties,” the press service emphasized.

In addition, Shoigu met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, they discussed the exercises of the Navy, the military-technical cooperation of the countries in the framework of the joint fight against the remnants of international terrorists, as well as the humanitarian assistance that Russia provides to the Syrian people “suffering from the prohibitive sanctions of the United States and Western countries,” the press service added.

In January-February, the Russian Navy conducts a series of naval exercises in all areas of responsibility of the fleets under the general supervision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov. The main focus of the exercises is to work out the actions of the forces of the Navy and Aerospace Forces to protect Russian national interests in the World Ocean, as well as to counter military threats to the Russian Federation from sea and ocean directions. Earlier today, exercises began with the participation of about 20 ships and vessels in the Barents Sea. On February 12, naval maneuvers of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) started with the participation of more than 30 ships.

Earlier, leading foreign media reported that Russian activities in the eastern Mediterranean are monitored by NATO aircraft carrier groups, including the aircraft carrier Harry Truman of the US Navy, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle of the French Navy, and the aircraft carrier Comte go Cavour” of the Italian Navy, accompanied by strike ships and support vessels.


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