The representative of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Vyacheslav Trukhachev commented on the situation:
“In accordance with the plan of combat training of the Black Sea Fleet, the patrol ship Smetliviy carried out anti-aircraft missile shooting on simulator of air target in the marine test site in the Black Sea.
The crew also practised actions on "damage control," to combat saboteurs and overcome minefields. Trukhachev said that the sailing and the exercises are routine and mandatory elements of the combat training.
QHA reported earlier that Russia continues to buildup the Black Sea Fleet, and actively involves its naval fleet to the Syrian conflict.