For a combat group of the Russian Navy, headed by the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” watching two Spanish ship
In the Atlantic, two ships of the Spanish Navy frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon and the support ship Cantabria in supervision accompanied the Russian battle group of ships led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in international waters in the area South of Galicia, reports ABC Espana , citing sources in the armed forces of Spain.
According to the source, the Spanish court are part of the operational group of the NATO on Monday engaged in “monitoring”. Today, according to the military, permitting weather conditions, a group of Russian military ships pass through the Strait of Gibraltar, according to the article, which quotes the website InoPressa.
Another military source ABC explained that the surveillance in international waters “should not include visual contact between the Spanish and Russian courts”. In most cases it is done by means of radar.
Some of the ships or submarines that accompany the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” will go to the port of Ceuta, to restock. Ceuta and Melilla are part of Spain, not included in the treaties of NATO, the territories defended by the Alliance, so the fact of the visit of the Russian ships to Ceuta does not violate the agreement of Spain with its NATO allies.
However, the March “Admiral Kuznetsov”, which was headed for Syria, increased tensions between Russia and NATO. The naval connection of almost 30 ships headed by the aircraft carrier passed near the Norwegian coast and across the English channel in the West has been interpreted as a show of force. As stated by the Norwegian TV-2 captain of the third rank Thomas Sleswick from Command school of the armed forces of Norway, the Russians wanted to show “the most capable in the Russian fleet”. According to him, this flotilla are preparing to join one frigate and two corvettes with the Baltic fleet in St. Petersburg, and then it will be the largest deployment of Russian forces since the cold war.
NATO suspected that the “Admiral Kuznetsov” will be used to attack Aleppo
The Russian Navy confirmed that the aircraft carrier will carry out a combat mission in the middle East. In the Russian defense Ministry said that a group of ships will “respond to new types of modern threats such as piracy and international terrorism”.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in Brussels said that “a battle group can be used to extend the capabilities of Russia on the conduct of hostilities in Syria to enhance the strikes on Aleppo,” reports Reuters.
Stoltenberg suspects that the connection can be used as a platform to “strengthen the air strikes against civilians in Aleppo.” According to the Secretary General of the UN, it will lead to victims among the civilian population, so he urged Moscow to resume the ceasefire.
Fighters of the Royal air force approached the Russian “Armada” during the passage of the group through the English channel. Video passing through the Strait published by the British broadcasting Corporation BBC.
“Admiral Kuznetsov” is the only Russian aircraft carrier – went to Syria from Severomorsk October 15. The group included the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, as well as large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk”, “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and support vessels seven. The group must be accompanied by one or more nuclear submarines.