Russian Warships Conduct Drills As Putin Boasts Military’s Combat Power


Moscow: Mr Putin has ordered the country’s biggest ships to take part in the exercises, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to mount.

The fearsome vessels are currently in the Baltic Sea, but will soon head to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Arctic.

According to Russian media, the crews are “are training to battle, cruise, prevent damage at berth, and counter sabotage at home stations

Mr Putin boasted about the strength of his military yesterday. The war-hungry president claimed the Russian army received 5,600 new types of weapons last year alone.

And around 3,000 models of military and specialised equipment were repaired or modernised in 2016, he added. The country is currently developing its first missile defence airship, which is due to make its debut flight in 2020.

The 130-metre long blimp, known as the Atlant 100, will be created merging the technology from planes, hovercraft and airships. It will be built by Russian company Augur RosAeroSystems at the cost of “several billion rubles”, according to news site Sputnik.

Earlier this week, Mikhail Gorbachev said he was concerned to see Russia and the United States “tearing each other apart”. The former USSR leader warned: “The current situation is not right. We need to change that. Let us stop provoking each other.

“Let us stop trying to tear up other countries. Our two countries are still central to world peace. We need peace to resolve other world problems.”