The Russian patrol ship Pytlivy will be joining a NATO anti-terrorist exercise in the Mediterranean it is reported here:
The fleetÂs press service told ITAR-TASS on Friday that five-day exercises of the Russian ship and BritainÂs frigate Nottingham would be held in preparation for joining NATOÂs anti-terrorist operation Active Endeavour.Probably a good idea to invite the Russians, but still it seems odd somehow.
Officers of a NATO mobile training group have come on the board of the Pytlivy for preparing the joint drill.
ÂThe programme of the exercises includes joint manoeuvres, familiarisation with standard procedures and work with secret documents of NATO,Â the press service said.
NATO communications equipment SEMARCOM will be installed on the Russian ship for this.
A group of officers from the Pytlivy will pay a coordination visit to the headquarters of the command of the South naval component of NATO allied military forces during a brief stop at the Naples port on Saturday.
Cross posted at Milblogs.
UPDATE: Photo from NATO HQ South from last year's participation by Russian ship in a NATO exercise. Still seems odd, but perhaps the Cold Warrior in me is still breathing.