'Russian military aircraft taking part in exercises over Mediterranean Sea' [Eugene Michael Jones @ PressTV]

Russian military aircraft are conducting training flights over the Mediterranean Sea amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine’s Crimea region. A Russian navy spokesman said that the training includes exercises for engaging aerial targets. The spokesman, however made no mention of the Crimea crisis. Russian media report that fighter jets, assault helicopters and Northern Fleet's Admiral Kuznet-sov aircraft carrier are taking part in the exercises. Yesterday, Russia began drills involving more than 8,000 troops, close to the border with Ukraine.

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