Mediterranean-bound Russian warship passes through Turkey’s Strait of Dardanelles
The ship number 152 named “Nikolai Filchenkov” crossed the strait at around 8:30 a.m. local time, the agency reported.
“Nikolai Filchenkov” was accompanied by a Turkish Coast Guard boat.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 16 that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria, Reuters reported.
The deployment shows how Russia has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favor of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the agency reported.
Only warships armed with Kalibr missiles would be on permanent standby, and not submarines, Putin said.