Russia, China to hold joint naval drills in Baltic Sea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The region is the epicenter of rivalry between Moscow and Western NATO military alliance
11:13, 18 July 2017

Russian-Chinese naval military drills ‘Maritime Interaction-2017’ will be held on July 21 - 28 in the Baltic Sea waters. This was reported by the press service of Russian Defense Ministry.

"The main objectives of the exercises are to increase the effectiveness of interaction between the two fleets, to counter threats to security at sea, to work out the coherence of actions of Russian and Chinese warship crews," the report said.

According to Russian ministry, about 10 ships and vessels of various classes, more than 10 aircraft and helicopters from Russian and Chinese Navy will be involved in the exercises.

On July 21 detachment of Chinese ships will arrive in Baltiysk, a solemn ceremony of opening the exercises will be held on the same day. The active phase of the maneuvers will be held on July 24 -27 in the designated area of the Baltic Sea.

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