Russia announces deployment of more than 140 warships, some to Black Sea, after Biden warning

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Russia announced on Thursday the deployment of more than 140 combat and supply ships, more than 50 aircraft, 1,000 pieces of military equipment and 10,000 military personnel.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian Navy will hold a series of exercises in all areas of responsibility from January to February, according to Russian news agency TASS.

“In accordance with a training plan of the Russian Armed Forces in 2022, a series of naval exercises will be held in January-February in all areas of responsibility of the fleets under the general direction of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov “, says the press release, reported TASS.

“The exercises will encompass the seas around Russia as well as global ocean areas of key importance. There will be exercises in the Mediterranean and North Seas and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, in the Northeast Atlantic and in the Pacific,” the Department of Defense said, according to CASS.

Six amphibious assault ships from the Baltic and Northern Fleets left the port of Baltiysk on January 15 for a designated area for an upcoming exercise, TASS reported.

The day before, according to The Drive, six Russian amphibious warfare ships from the Northern and Baltic fleets crossed the English Channel. Some expect the ships to eventually reach the Black Sea.

TASS said the six ships are now crossing the North Sea.

The announcement of the Russian Navy drills by the Russian Defense Ministry comes after President Joe Biden made comments on Wednesday suggesting that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukrainian territory could lead to a more measured response from United States and its allies, according to The Associated Press. In this photo, soldiers stand at attention as Russian Navy warships take part in the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2021.
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The announcement of the exercises comes after President Joe Biden made comments on Wednesday suggesting that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukrainian territory could prompt a more measured response from the United States and its allies, according to the report. Associated Press.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight over what to do and what not to do,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in the room. Is, CNN reported. “But if they actually do what they are able to do with the forces amassed on the border, it will be a disaster for Russia if they invade Ukraine any further.”

Biden said he drew the line at “Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters,” when later asked to clarify its meaning of “minor incursion,” according to CNN.

On Thursday, Biden made new comments regarding a Russian invasion of Ukraine, AP reported.

“I’ve been absolutely clear with President Putin,” Biden said, according to AP. “He has no misunderstanding: all assembled Russian units are crossing the Ukrainian border, it’s an invasion.”

He added that if an invasion did occur, it would result in a “severe and coordinated economic response”, AP reported.

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