Russian sailors are seen aboard the Admiral Panteleyev Russian war ship moored at the Cypriot port of Limassol on Friday, May 17,2013. Russian naval vessels including the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the tanker Pechenga and the rescue tugboat Fotiy Krylov docked at Limassol as part of a four - day visit to the Mediterranean island, Russia ' s defense ministry said in a statement. The vessels, which are attached to Russia ' s Pacific fleet, arrived in the Mediterranean sea in recent days as Russia maintains a strong presence in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in light of the civil war now engulfing Syria where Moscow has a key naval base.