President Vladimir Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

President Vladimir Putin says Russian naval forces to patrol off Syria

"Due to the remaining threat of incursions by global terrorists in Syria, our ships carrying Kalibr cruise missiles will be constantly deployed in the Mediterranean Sea", Putin said at a military meeting.

"The cruise missile strikes, efficient operation of carrier-based aircraft inflicted serious damage on the terrorists, were destroyed important infrastructure objects", - quoted Putin RIA Novosti.

US President Donald Trump said last week that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and impose "the highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, triggering a global outcry.

The Kremlin has made military modernization a top priority as Russia-West ties plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other disputes.

At a meeting with defense ministry officials in the Black Sea city of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin added that the national defense industry would also receive modernized missile-carrying bombers in 2018.

Russian Federation maintains a 15-strong naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean consisting of guided-missile frigates, diesel-electric submarines, minesweepers, as well as replenishment ships and auxiliary vessels.

U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo, head of NATO's naval and southern commands, told the Associated Press last week that the addition of Russian warships and submarines and had left the eastern Mediterranean "very crowded", accusing Moscow of using the Syrian conflict as an excuse to enter the region.

Among new weapons systems that may soon be ready for deployment is the S-500 surface-to-air antiballistic missile system, which Putin said the defense sector should soon finish developing and prepare for manufacturing.