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Vladimir Kuroyedov has announced two new Black Sea Fleet bases will be built in the Novorossiisk area on the Black Sea coast
Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes that Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral of the Fleet Vladimir Kuroyedov has announced two new Black Sea Fleet bases will be built in the Novorossiisk area on the Black Sea coast of the North Caucasus by 2017. At the moment the Novorossiisk base accommodates a brigade guarding the water area, Marine units, and some Black Sea Fleet aircraft squadrons. Given the construction of the Novorossiisk base, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov recently said that Russia was not going to move the Black Sea Fleet's main base from the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol to Novorossiisk. "Our main base has been, is and will continue to be in Sevastopol," he said. The minister explained that Novorossiisk would provide base facilities for only those ships that had moved to the Krasnodar Territory since 1991. Admiral Vladimir Masorin, the Black Sea Fleet's commander, believes the fleet cannot expand in Sevastopol and can only be maintained at the required level, whereas on the Russian coast it can develop in accordance with the objectives to be set to it. Experts believe, however, that Novorossiisk harbor is not suitable for the construction of a naval base, since the space that can be allocated for basing Black Sea Fleet ships is "extremely small." Besides, climatic considerations make the area unsuitable for a base to maintain large warships. An informed source believes that although Ukraine is making every effort to drive the Black Sea Fleet out of Sevastopol, Russia should by no means abandon it. The base has existed for hundreds of years. It has huge infrastructure. If the fleet leaves Sevastopol, it will just cease to exist. The establishment of a naval base in Novorossiisk is a stage in increasing basing points for the fleet. Before the collapse of the USSR, the fleet was based in Sevastopol, Odessa, Donuzlav, and Poti. Today, Russia has lost nearly all its bases on the Black Sea. The fleet has only Sevastopol and Novorossiisk left.
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