MOSCOW, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia would deploy new coastal missiles and warships in the Caspian Sea, Chief Commander of the Russian Navy Vladimir Vysotsky said Wednesday.
In 2011, Russia's Caspian Fleet would receive two new missile boats and three landing ships, Vysotsky told a meeting of the Maritime Board held in Caspian town of Astrakhan, adding that the fleet would receive at least 16 new warships and missile boats by 2020.
According to Vysotsky, the Russian Navy would extend its port facilities in another Caspian town Makhachkala. Makhachkala, along with Astrakhan, are the bases of the Caspian Fleet.
The general also said the fleet planned to keep providing security to commercial companies in the area.
The Caspian Sea is surrounded by Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Russia has signed delimitation deals on the Caspian seabed with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.