Three Russian warships — including a nuclear-powered missile cruiser — have called on the Libyan port of Tripoli for a two-day stop on their way to the Caribbean.

Cruiser Pyotr Veliky, anti-submarine vessel Admiral Chabanenko, and support vessels from the Northern Fleet are on their way to Latin America to take part in joint naval exercises with Venezuela.

The vessels reached Libya Saturday.

The deployment will represent the largest Russian naval maneuvers in the Caribbean since the Cold War.

Venezuela has forged close ties with Russia, which is looking to increase its presence in Latin America.