Russian Navy Parade Shows off MOST ULTIMATE WEAPONS
Russia has ramped up its military maneuvers as ties with the West have slumped over Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine, unnerving NATO and its members in Eastern Europe.
Smaller naval parades were also taking place from Russia’s base at Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to the annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and Vladivostok in the Far East.
For the first time Moscow also showed off its naval hardware at its Syrian base of Tartus in the eastern Mediterranean, where Russian ships have played a prominent role backing up a bombing campaign in support of leader Bashar al-Assad.
Russian news wire Interfax reported that six vessels, including the latest generation “Krasnodar” diesel submarine, were taking part in the parade.
Last January, Moscow and Damascus signed a 49-year deal for Russia to expand and modernize the facility at Tartus, further cementing the Kremlin’s influence in the region after its game-changing military intervention.