RUSSIA’S ADMIRAL Levchenko missile destroyer and a support ship begin a visit to Lisbon from this Friday.

The Udaloy-class destroyer, which will be in the city until Monday, is part of a task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which is on its way to the Mediterranean.

The task force is due to take part in joint exercises with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet after passing through the Strait of Gibraltar.

A Russian navy spokesman said that Russia currently has three naval task groups on tours of duty in the world’s oceans.