Russia’s Increasing Global Reach: 2nd Navy Ship Calls At Port Sudan in Red Sea
The strategic impact of Russia’s new base in Port Sudan, Sudan, may take years to fully appreciate. The increased Russian presence in the Red Sea, at least in the short term, may be intended to deter suspected Israeli sabotage attacks on Iranian tankers supplying oil to Syria. The Russian Navy has already been escorting the tankers in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The overseas base has yet to be built, but in the meantime Russian warships are already increasingly using the port. Recently the RFS Stoikiy (545), an Pr.20380 Steregushchiy class corvette, called at the port. The warship was accompanied by the tanker Kola. They are now heading north towards the Suez Canal:
Less than a month earlier in February RFS Admiral Grigorovich (494), a Pr.11356P Admiral Grigorovich class frigate, called at the port.
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