Russia to hold major naval drills in Mediterranean amid tension over Idlib: Report
MOSCOW - Reuters
Russia's Ministry of Defense said on Aug. 30 it would hold naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea from Sept. 1 to Sept. 8 and that 25 vessels and 30 planes would take part, the TASS news agency reported.
The ministry said the drills would involve carrying out anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-mining exercises.
The drills come amid tensions between Russia and the West over Syria's northern rebel-held region of Idlib.
A source said on Aug. 29 that Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was preparing a phased offensive there.