Russian ships enter Philippine Sea In this undated handout photo received from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on April 25, 2021, coast guard personnel conduct maritime exercise near Thitu island in the disputed South China Sea. (AFP/Handout)
A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet entered the southern parts of the Philippine Sea to perform tasks as part of a long-range sea passage, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.
Citing the press service of the Pacific Fleet, Interfax reported that the crews would conduct manoeuvres “with a demonstration of the naval presence” in the Asia-Pacific Region and “as part of strengthening partnerships.”
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There was no further detail on how many ships were involved.
Russia has been boosting defences in its vast far-eastern regions bordering the Asia-Pacific, accusing the US of expanding its presence there and raising security concerns in Japan and across the region.
Reuters Manila, Philippines ● Tue, June 27, 2023
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