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. Russia and NATO to patrol Mediterranean coasts
MOSCOW (AFP) Jan 11, 2005
Russia and NATO will conduct joint anti-terror patrols in the Mediterranean Sea this spring, ITAR-TASS quoted the chief of staff of Russia's navy as saying Tuesday.

Viktor Kravchenko said the joint operation would last up to three months and see NATO and Russian navies jointly patrol the coasts of Mediterranean nations for potential arms smuggling.

Kravchenko said that a similar exercise was successfully completed in December.

"Our main task now is developing joint cooperation while sending inspection crews on board ships," Kravchenko told the news agency.

Russia and NATO have signed a series of cooperation agreements since their bitter standoff in the Cold War.

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