Global Research, September 22, 2008
The Moscow Times – 2008-09-23
A Navy squadron set off for Venezuela on Monday, an official said, in a deployment of Russian military power to the Western Hemisphere unprecedented since the Cold War.
Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the nuclear-powered Peter the Great cruiser accompanied by three other ships sailed from the Northern Fleet’s base of Severomorsk on Monday. The ships will cover about 15,000 nautical miles to conduct joint maneuvers with the Venezuelan navy, he said.
Russian warships head across Atlantic
For the first time in modern history, a Russian naval squadron is making its way towards Latin America. The nuclear-powered cruiser ‘Peter the Great’, an anti-submarine ship and two support vessels will sail from the Arctic to the Caribbean to take part in joint manoeuvres with Venezuela.