Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia's navy in 2018 will receive 26 new ships and vessels, four of which will be equipped with the Caliber missile system, Gazeta.ru reports.
"In total, in 2018 the fleet should receive 26 new ships, boats and vessels, including four ships with the Caliber missile system," Putin said.
According to the president of the Russian Federation, in 2018 the Russian fleet has already received four surface ships, one anti-sabotage boat and three supply vessels.
Earlier Kremlin offered the White House to consider a possibility of the referendum in the occupied Donbas. The idea is that local residents, who live in could the militant-controlled areas could vote for the status of this region. That was the offer of Russian president Vladimir Putin, which he voiced out during the recent meeting with his U.S. colleague Donald Trump in Helsinki, Bloomberg wrote.
The outlet referred to two interlocutors who were present during the meeting, where Putin and Russian diplomats participated. According to one of them, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea at a press conference after the summit in Helsinki, so that Trump woud have enough time to consider it.
The interlocutor added that, according to Putin, the said 'referendum' should take place under the supervision of the international community.
The Kremlin's press secretary Dmitriy Peskov did not disclose much information about Putin's claims regarding Ukraine. 'They discussed some new ideas, and they will keep working on them,' the official said.