Posted by: Chuck | September 20, 2013

Build upto WW3 – Putin orders SURPRISE Large-Scale RUSSIAN MILITARY Exercise in Black Sea


Published on March 28, 2013

Build up to WW3 – Putin orders SURPRISE Large-Scale RUSSIAN MILITARY Exercise in Black Sea

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The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a surprise military exercise in the Black Sea.

News agencies quote his spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Putin dispatched the order to the defence minister at 4 a.m. on Thursday.

A Kremlin statement says the exercise would involve 36 vessels, an unspecified number of airplanes and up to 7,000 troops.

Peskov insisted that manoeuvrs involving fewer than 7,000 troops do not require approval from Russia’s neighbours.

Vessels taking part in the exercise have already left Russia-leased Sevastopol port in Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, Peskov said.

Russia’s naval affairs are under scrutiny due to the civil war in ally Syria. Russia risks losing access to its naval base in Syria’s Tartus port on the Mediterranean Sea if the Syrian regime is toppled.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of large-scale Russian military exercises in the Black Sea region on Thursday, his spokesman said, in a move that may create tensions with Russia’s post-Soviet neighbours Ukraine and Georgia.

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