6 May 2014, 11:59

Black Sea Fleet to be reinforced

Submarines and next-generation surface ships will add to the Russian Black Sea Fleet this year, Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

The fleet "have always received necessary forces," but the fleet’s development programme should be changed over recent reunification of the Republic of Crimea and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol with Russia.

"New air defense and marine units will be formed at our fleet bases this year. New submarines will be supplied to the Black Sea Fleet this year alongside next-generation surface ships, and this will require our attention," Shoigu said at a teleconference, Interfax reports.

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