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In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, unseen, during the BRICS 2013 Summit in Durban, South Africa. Vladimir Putinâs spokesman says the Russian president has ordered a surprise military exercise in the Black Sea. Russiaâs naval affairs are under growing scrutiny due to the civil war in Syria. Russia, a Syrian ally, risks losing access to its naval base in Syriaâs Tartus port in the Mediterranean Sea if Syrian President Bashar Assad is toppled. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)