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    NORTHERN FLEET EXERCISES HELD IN NORMAL MODE

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    SEVEROMORSK, February 17 (RIA Novosti) - Exercises of the Northern Fleet are held in a normal mode, said the fleet press service on Tuesday.

    Combat missile and torpedo firings were made during the exercises.

    "An experiment to intercept ballistic targets in the framework of the developed model of sea-based missile defense was carried out from the board of the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky. Besides, the use of pursuit aviation from board of the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov was practiced, said the source.

    "The strategic command and staff exercises drew close attention of intelligence services of different states, whose activity was registered," the press service told RIA Novosti.

    "The flight of the Norwegian reconnaissance aircraft Orion in the area of anti-aircraft missile launches caused certain anxiety," a press service representative said.

    In his words, this took place despite the fact that the district where exercises were held was declared dangerous in accordance with international norms.

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