“The Russian Navy will conduct a series of exercises in all areas of the fleet’s responsibility,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Naval Commander Admiral Nikolai Yevminov in January-February will conduct several naval exercises in which more than 60 aircraft and about 1,000 military units will participate.
The aim of the exercises is to “defend Russia’s national interests at sea” as well as “to combat military threats” to the country.
The statement explained that the Russian ships and aircraft will conduct exercises in regional and international waters, as well as separate exercises from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and Sea of Okhotsk, and in the Pacific Ocean and the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean. .
As part of these exercises, six large landing ships of the Russian Northern and Baltic Fleet have already sailed from the port of Baltisk (in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad) towards the Mediterranean.
Simultaneously with this announcement, units of the Russian Marine Corps arrived in Belarus today to conduct the exercises “Allied Resolution – 2022”.
These exercises, which the United States considers “alarming” because they are also taking place along the Ukrainian border, are aimed at testing the capabilities of the Russian and Belarusian rapid reaction forces at four airfields and five military polygons.
Moscow denies its intention to invade Ukraine militarily and defends its right to conduct maneuvers on its territory and its surroundings after the state agreement between Russia and Belarus, while rejecting any escalation on the border with the neighboring country.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken promised in Kiev to boost military assistance to Ukraine and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin had the ability to “double” his military presence on the border with Ukraine “in a very short time”.
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