Russia plans to establish a permanent, naval presence in the Mediterranean.
"The Mediterranean Sea is very important strategically for the Black Sea fleet," Admiral Vladimir Masorin said during a visit to the base of the fleet in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol, RIA news agency reported. "I propose that, with the involvement of the Northern and Baltic fleets, the Russian Navy should restore its permanent presence there."
Russia is in the process of rebuilding its fleet after decades of neglect and deterioration. The Russian navy still has a base at Tartus in Syria which it could use to re-establish its presence and influence even as American influence in the Middle East wanes.
Russia, India and China are all moving to create world class navies.