The Russian military deployed Bastion, the anti-ship missile launcher in the annexed Crimea. The weapon belongs to the composition of the Black Sea Fleet; it was deployed during the military drill on the peninsula. Russia's Defense Ministry reported that on January 28.
After the weapon's arrival to the designated area, crews deployed the Bastion, making it ready for combat use.
Next, the weapon will be involved in the joint exercise with a Black Sea Fleet's frigate.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the introduction of sanctions increased the risks of unilateral use of military force. According to him, the world's biggest players must "join their forces in fateful areas" during difficult moments. Putin made this statement at a forum in Davos.
He also criticized the use of trade barriers, sanctions, and other restrictions in "attempts to blame other countries for internal problems".
"Such games with no rules critically increase the risks of unilateral use of military force. That is the danger," the president said.