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Black Sea Fleet ready to support Russian aviation grouping in Syria — commander

January 29, 10:31 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
The Fleet shall continue active actions in the Black and Mediterranean Seas, to improve the permanent Navy division in the far sea zone, the Fleet’s Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko says
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SEVASTOPOL, January 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet will continue active actions in the Black and Mediterranean Seas and will support activities of the Russian aviation grouping in Syria, the Fleet’s Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko said on Friday.

"The Fleet will be developing and updating rapidly. We shall continue active actions in the Black and Mediterranean Seas, to improve the permanent Navy division in the far sea zone, to support actions of the Russian Air Force in the Syrian Arab Republic for as much and as long as it is required," he said. "We have everything necessary for this."

Russia’s aviation grouping has been delivering air strikes against the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria since September 30 at the request of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

From November 17, the Russian aviation grouping in Syria switched to delivering massive strikes against militants, including with the involvement of strategic bombers. As the Russian Defense Ministry reported, Russia’s air grouping has focused on destroying terrorist-controlled

Also, overnight to October 7, the Caspian Flotilla ships delivered a massive strike on the IS objectives in Syria, using Kalibr NK shipborne cruise missiles. In beginning of the current year, the Varyag cruiser, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, replaced the Moskva cruiser off the Syrian coast. The Russian authorities have said on many occasions that Russia’s armed forces would not take part in any ground operation in Syria.

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