BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Russian military is preparing to conduct large-scale naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean, as a U.S. aircraft carrier group enters the region.

According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, the Russian military will conduct a series of missile exercises that involves the navy and troops at the Hmeimim (Khmeimim) Airbase in Syria.

“A few hours ago, it became known that in connection with the appearance of American warships in the Mediterranean Sea, including the Harry Truman aircraft carrier, which leads the aircraft carrier strike group, Russian warships intend to conduct a series of missile strikes and special operations throughout the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and at military bases in Syria,” the publication said.

“On April 7, 9, 10, 17, 21, 23 and 30, the forces of the Navy’s Mediterranean Group plans to carry out intensive combat training activities with practical missile and artillery firing in designated areas of the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,” they continued. “The increased activity of the forces of the Russian Navy and the relative remoteness of their operations from Syria’s Tartous is connected, inter alia, with the presence of USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier-multipurpose group in those parts of the world.”

The Russian military has already conducted naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean this month; however, this week’s exercises were just announced, which could coincide with the presence of the U.S.’ aircraft carrier group in the region.

“Russian frigates, armed with Caliber cruise missiles, will give an excellent demonstration of the power of the Russian fleet. American AUGs can no longer enter the Mediterranean Sea without having sent their planes for preliminary reconnaissance, and this, obviously, indicates a complete lack of mastery of the situation,” a military specialist told Avia.Pro.

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kinggeor
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kinggeor
2020-04-08 06:17

You may just be looking at a full press on clearing all combatants from Syria, covering Turkey from Crimea and the NATO on the sideline from the Med not to mention the Black Sea, Kaliber.

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Diego Prendergast
2020-04-08 19:07

The U.S. fights well with no opposition. Russian Navy is opposition.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-07 20:49

ROFL! Does the “military specialist [who] told Avia.Pro” knows that USA has satellites, even many with SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and also IR ones too, with freaking telescopes to zoom and read your newspaper from space? And so what? The Russians will communicate in which perimeter they will do their drill and ships and planes not participating the drill will avoid this area due to risks of accident… As far as we all know, Putin has no intention to start WW3 by attacking US’ 6th fleet, and Trump has no intentions to do so by attacking Russian militaries… If some… Read more »

Hayton
Hayton
2020-04-07 23:19
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

I don’t always agree with you, but you’ve got this one right. This article is just BS and propaganda, unless perhaps those cruise missiles are going to be heading towards some of the militants’ HQ’s in Idlib (and why waste valuable hardware?). As for the US Navy being frightened of the Russian fleet – I don’t think so. One of those two is a 400 pound gorilla, and the other one isn’t.

Jokky
Jokky
2020-04-08 12:19
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And what is other one ? 800 pound Russian bear.Russian fleet is here to securerecent action against terrorists and American is here to interrupt that operation.The Russians are self-confident and the presence of the US Navy is no problem for them if kept at a safe distance.

Jokky
Jokky
2020-04-08 13:56
Reply to  Hayton

Other one is 800pound russian bear.So what ?

Jokky
Jokky
2020-04-08 13:55

Where is my comment ?