Summary: Russia has announced plans to send a small number of ships, including  destroyers, to call at a number of unspecified ports in the South China Sea, including around the Korean Peninsula. Also announced is the addition of more ships, particularly submarines, to their Pacific Fleet. This comes one month after joint Russo-Chinese exercises off the Russian coast, and a year after similar joint exercises held in the South China Sea.

Analysis: It is unclear precisely the Russian intention, in the sense of whether or not they intend to use the opportunity to take a stand on the recent controversies surrounding the situation with the US and North Korea, or the continuing drama over navigation and territorial right in the South China Sea.