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    Russia to Boost Military Contingent in Crimea as Part of Strategic Deterrence

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    Russia will boost the combat capability of the Black Sea Fleet through strengthening its inter-branch military contingent on the Crimean peninsula, according to the new state doctrine on naval activities until 2030 posted on the government's legal information website on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The new doctrine stipulates that the strengthening of the combat capability of the Black Sea Fleet is a key task aimed at preventing military conflicts and safeguarding strategic deterrence.

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet is fully capable of defending the country's borders thanks to reconnaissance and modern weapons, the Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, said earlier.

    In December 2016, Russia's Black Sea Fleet has formed a full-strength squadron of 12 advanced Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in the country's southwestern region of Crimea.

    Crimea and its city-port Sevastopol rejoined Russia in 2014 after a landslide referendum favoring reunification.


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