Russia takes Mediterranean under control

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

The Russian Navy has been actively exploiting strategic space of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. After having built-up presence of the Russian warships in the port of Tartus, Syria, the Russians passed to operations in close vicinity to the coasts of France and Italy. According to the Western media, a Russian submarine appeared close to waters of the French naval port Toulon.

Algeria allowed the Russian vessels (including submarines, according to confidential sources) to use its base Mers el-Kébir as a stronghold. The Chinese fleet, Russia’s ally on the Far Eastern sea stage, also deployed its contingent in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean.

France tried to provide some response, sending its Dupuy de Lome reconnaissance ship at the order of the Defence Minister Le Drian to the coast of Abkhazia in the Black Sea. 100m-long ship is designed to carry out radar intelligence in the interests of France and the NATO. Richard Labévière, Chief Editor of the Geostrategic Observatory, former chief editor of the Radio France internationale, graduate of the Military Academy, told Pravda.Ru about prospects of fleets’ opposition in the Mediterranean and the Syrian events.

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