#AceWorldNews Russian fighter jets have started training exercises over the Mediterranean Sea, the Navy said Friday.
The drills began from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which docked last month in Cyprus, Navy spokesman Vadim Serga told Interfax.
Training included tactics for engaging aerial targets and other battle techniques.
The aircraft involved in the exercises included Sukhoi SU-33 air defense fighters and Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters. The flights will continue if the weather is favourable.
The US Navy earlier sent a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, to the Black Sea, and described it as a routine deployment scheduled before the Ukraine crisis.