On January 26, large-scale military exercises of the Russian fleet began in the Black Sea. More than 20 ships are involved in them.
"Frigates, patrol ships, small-size missile ship and missile boats, landing ships, corvettes ASW, as well as minesweepers are involved in dispatching a mission according to the exercise plan as part of all-arms groupings, ship strike groups, and troops of landing ships," the outlet Interfax cites the report of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
Their objective is to practice organizing air defense in the water zone and safe maneuvering in areas with heavy ship traffic.
Context. Russia decided to hold a series of maneuvers of its fleet in January-February 2022 in different regions of the world. They will include more than 140 ships and 10,000 military personnel.
According to CNN, Russia's future plans include holding maneuvers in the Atlantic Ocean, namely the Irish Sea. The exercise will be held in international waters but within Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone. The country's authorities called such actions "unwelcome."
"The Russian fleet will hold exercises in the Irish Sea, which is an inland one for the British Isles. We have no way to prevent this, but I have made it clear to the Russian Ambassador to Ireland that this is not welcome. This is not the time to increase military activity and tension," Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney stressed.