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    US Navy Commander: No Real Change in Russian Military’s Conduct Toward Western Warships in East Med

    US Navy Commander: No Real Change in Russian Military's Conduct Toward Western Warships in East Med

    LIMASSOL, Cyprus — A U.S. Navy commander said Wednesday there is “no significant change” in the conduct of Russian aircraft and warships toward Western naval and air assets in the eastern Mediterranean as 's war in grinds on.

    Cmdr. Peter C. Flynn said that Russian warplanes and naval vessels have been conducting themselves professionally, like other military forces in the region, and there's been no indication of any heightened aggression or hostility.

    “We obviously study what is going on in theater and you know that certainly plays a role in what we do and what we prepare for, but not a significant change” in the attitude of Russian forces, Flynn told The Associated Press aboard the Arleigh Burke.

    The destroyer, one of the United States' most capable warships, is docked at Cyprus' main Limassol port.

    has a naval base in Tartus, Syria, the only such facility that Moscow has outside the former Soviet Union. In 2017, Moscow struck a deal with Syrian President Bashar Assad to extend its lease on Tartus for 49 years and keep up to 11 warships there, including nuclear-powered ones.

    Tartus is 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Cyprus' eastern coastline.

    F-35 jets from the U.K.'s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, operating off Cyprus in June 2021 had stirred the interest of Russian warplanes, which tried to keep tabs on the cutting-edge warplanes.

    The Arleigh Burke is three…

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