Large Russian naval maneuver starts linked to Syria

At least eight warships drawn from Russia’s Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets have launched one of its largest naval exercises in years. The, Moscow announcement Sunday did not mention Syria, but Andrei Frolov, from the Moscow military think tank CAST said last week that the nine-day drill was a reminder to the West of Russia’s links with Syria and its opposition to Western military intervention in the revolt against Assad.


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