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Russia begins weeklong naval exercises with Egypt in Mediterranean

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MOSCOW — Russian and Egyptian warships have begun a week of exercises in the Mediterranean.

Russian news agencies on Saturday cited the Defense Ministry as saying the exercises were aimed at practicing protection of coastal areas and would last through June 14.

The Russian vessels in the exercise include the guided missile carrier Moskva and the catamaran missile corvette Samum, along with three other ships. Egypt's five ships in the "Friendship Bridge 2015" exercises include the frigates Taba and Dumyat.

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