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Russian missile cruiser to make port call in India

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Moskva missile cruiser will make a port call in the southwestern Indian city of Kochi on Friday, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said on Wednesday.

The Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, left the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on April 9. It is currently conducting a series of exercises in the Indian Ocean with the Northern Fleet's Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser.

"The ships are carrying out drills on joint sailing and maneuvers, and holding combat training through interacting with each other at sea," the spokesman said.

The two vessels are due to arrive in Russia's Far Eastern port of Vladivostok in June-July to take part in the Vostok-2010 exercise. The exact date of the drills has yet to be announced.

Russia announced in 2007 that it was building up its naval presence throughout the world, and foreign port calls by Russian warships have become more frequent.

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