Part of the Caspian Flotilla’s forces are heading to the Black Sea, the press services of the Russian Southern Military District reported. More than 10 amphibious and artillery units left the base in Makhachkala.
“In order to test the readiness to repel sea and air landings, the marines and coastal defense forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla were engaged,” the press service said, which stated that the tests were carried out in accordance with the annual troop preparation plan. The press services ensured that the transfer of units takes place as part of a scrutiny test, during which the crews of the Caspian Flotilla will take part in joint sea exercises together with the forces of the Black Sea Fleet.
Nevertheless, these actions coincide with concentrating Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. It began after the intensification of clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine.
The Kremlin’s position
Interfax agency quotes in Thursday’s dispatch the position of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which announced the day before that “NATO is intensifying its activities in Ukraine and in the Black Sea.”
“Against the background of the deteriorating situation in the Donbas, and especially the reports of shelling at villages in the conflict zone, Russia has concentrated a grouping of armed forces near the border with Ukraine. President (Vladimir Putin) spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the army would stay there for so long, as the Russian authorities consider it necessary and expedient, “Interfax reported.
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