Northern and Black Sea Fleet ships will carry out joint exercises in the Med.
A Northern Fleet strike group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov will leave Severomorsk and head for the Mediterranean Sea for exercises with ships of the Black Sea fleet led by the missile cruiser Moskva.
The ships will conduct a month long exercise simulating battle between two strike groups.
"The main goal of the deployment - resolution of operational-strategic tasks and showing the St. Andrew's flag in foreign ports", RIA Novosti quoted sources in the Navy Headquarters.
The Northern Fleet strike group will be on deployment for three months.
Comment: This is pretty big if it happens - when was the last time the Russians had THREE battle groups at sea at once? Plus they're establishing what looks like an East Africa station. Plus they are talking with the Libyans about building a base in Tripoli.
Have the Russians forgotten that oil is closer to $60/bbl and not $120/bbl?