Russia Disperses New Submarines to Black Sea
Russia plans to stock up its Black Sea fleet this year with new submarines and warships. Following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu advised that new air defense and marine infantry units would also be deployed at the fleet's bases, which include Sevastopol in Crimea.
By receiving funding upwards of 86.7 billion rubles ($2.43 billion) by the year 2020, the 40 warship fleet will become a new found power in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, additionally backing Russia's southern borders.
With President Vladimir Putin responding to the action carried out in March by NATO's expansion in Eastern Europe. The takeover of Crimea from the Ukraine hasn't contributed so heavily to Russia's stance to the East-West since the Cold War. This also brought a sense of fear to the goverment of Ukraine, cancelling a lease allowing fleets to stay until 2042.
Businessmen, Russian officials and companies were among the groups upon whom sanctions were imposed in response to Crimea's annexation by the West. More penalties were threatened by Washington and Berlin if Moscow were to intervene in the Ukraine's upcoming presidential elections on May 25.
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