Russia Is Upping The Ante By Sending Its Only Aircraft Carrier To The Mediterranean

Sunday, June 2, 2013
By Paul Martin

Geoffrey Ingersoll and Michael Kelley
Jun. 1, 2013

The Kremlin has upped the geopolitical ante by pledging to send a heavy aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean, as reported by Russian news agency Interfax.

The carrier — named the “Admiral Kuznetsov” — is quite the beast, and word of its addition to the area of operations is just the latest in jockeying between the U.S. and Russia.

“The cruiser will … perform a number of missions in an offshore oceanic zone as part of a group,” Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov told Interfax. “Northern Fleet naval pilots will perform a number of missions on board this cruiser in the long-range mission.”

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