VLADIMIR Putin’s superstate has held anti-submarine warfare drills in the Mediterranean sea, just off the coast of Syria, as tensions escalate between Russia and the US.
Russia has accused the US of building up its own forces in the Middle East in preparation for a possible strike on Syrian government forces.
The prospect of Putin’s military forces and Trump’s troops coming head to head has long been feared as the Cold War adversaries take opposing sides in Syria’s seven-year civil war.
According to Russian news agency TASS the Russian Navy deployed sub-killers armed with cruise missiles as part of the drill.
The frigates were armed with eight launchers of Kalibr-NK cruise missiles which are capable of striking targets at a distance of up to 2,600km.