MOSCOW, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Russia announced on Thursday that its navy will conduct a wide-ranging series of exercises this month and next involving all its fleets from the Pacific to the Atlantic, the latest show of force during hours of tension. with the West.
The exercises will take place in the seas directly adjacent to Russia and will also include maneuvers in the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific, it said.
140 warships and support vessels, 60 aircraft, 1,000 units of military material and some 10,000 soldiers will participate in them, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Russian military moves are being closely watched as a troop surge near Ukraine has rattled the West and sparked fears of war.
Moscow vehemently denies any plans to invade Ukraine.
In a video posted on Facebook, the ministry showed its Pacific Fleet’s new diesel-electric submarine testing a Kalibr cruise missile against a land target from an underwater position in the Sea of Japan.
The missile hit a coastal target in Russia’s Khabarovsk region, in the far east of the country, with a range of more than 1,000 km, it said.
Meanwhile, China, Russia and Iran are going to hold joint naval drills on Friday, a public relations official with the Iranian armed forces told the semi-official ISNA news agency. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)