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Russian battle cruiser docks at Limassol port

31 December 2013

The ‘Petr Velikiy’ (Peter the Great), one of the most powerful Russian naval ships, is in South Cyprus for refuelling at Limassol port. The heavy nuclear-powered Kirov class battle cruiser is preparing for its passage to the Aegean with other naval vessels to take part in a joint exercise with the Greek Navy.

Observers say the presence of the Russian navy is a clear message of support to South Cyprus and Greece from Moscow.

The Ministry of Defence reported that when supplies to the ship are completed and the crew rested, the vessel will hold joint exercises with ships of the Greek fleet in the region near the South Cypriot EEZ.

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