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Russian warship makes port call in India

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Moskva guided-missile cruiser made a port call in the southwestern Indian city of Kochi on Friday, a Navy spokesman said.

He said the visit would last until Sunday, after which the Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, will conduct joint drills with Indian warships.

The Moskva left the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on April 9 for a series of exercises in the Indian Ocean with the Northern Fleet's Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser.

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 large-scale strategic 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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