Russian planes, U.S. warship have close encounter near Crimea

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Washington (CNN) The U.S. Navy took the unusual step Monday of releasing video of a Russian Su-24 aircraft flying past the right side of the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea.

The video was distributed to make clear that the airplanes and ship had a routine encounter, contrary to Russian reports. It shows a warplane approaching from the distance and then quickly zooming past the American vessel. Continue reading

New advanced frigate set afloat in Russia

Project 22350 frigates are armed with 16 Onyx and Kalibr missiles as well as the Poliment-Redut air defense missile system

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The second Project 22350 frigate, the Admiral Kasatonov, was set afloat at the Northern Wharf in Russia’s northern capital of St. Petersburg in the presence of Russia’s Navy Chief Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov. Continue reading

Germany backs France on Russia warship contract

BRUSSELS – Germany has defended France’s plan to deliver a warship to Russia in October despite US criticism of the move.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (4 June) in Brussels that interruption of delivery might only come if the EU adopts “stage three” sanctions – economic sanctions – against Russia.

But she said the EU is not launching stage three because Russia did not stop Ukraine’s 25 May presidential elections from going ahead. Continue reading