Russia begins biggest naval exercises in a decade

Thirty-six Russian warships have sailed out to the Barents Sea in Russia’s biggest naval manoeuvre in 10 years.

Large areas of the Barents Sea have been closed off to civilian shipping and commercial aircraft.

The Russian Ministry of Defence described the surprise exercise as a full-range defensive-aimed drill designed to combat a massive enemy attack. It’s expected to last until the end of this week.

A Norwegian military spokesman confirmed that Norway hadn’t been informed about the drill.