Russian Navy Expanding Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, Africa

Russian Navy Expanding Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, Africa
(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conviction that a “world power needs a great navy” goes a long way in explaining Russia’s growing naval presence and operations in the Eastern Mediterranean and along the African coast, a senior American intelligence officer said Thursday.

Christopher Bort, a specialist for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council, said that since 2013 Putin has placed more emphasis on its naval presence — first in Syria, where it has a base, and then working to close a deal on establishing a naval logistics facility in Sudan.

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