A group of Russian warships, headed by aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”participating in the campaign in the Mediterranean sea, bears the fighter-bombers for the final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. About this Reuters said a senior NATO diplomat, referring to Western intelligence.
According to the interlocutor of Agency, Russia deploys in the Mediterranean all of the Northern fleet and most of the Baltic. “They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and most of the Baltic fleet in the framework of the large-scale surface deployments since the cold war,” the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
Source Reuters said that the redeployment of ships, seen recently off the coast of Norway, can be carried out for the final assault on Aleppo in two weeks. “This is not a friendly port. In two weeks we will see an increase in aerial attacks in Aleppo as part of a strategy of Russia for the announcement of the victory there,” – said the NATO diplomatic sources.
NATO officials also told Reuters that the air strikes a strategically VKS RF protect Russia’s interests by supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and protecting the base of the Russian Navy in Syria’s Tartus, which extends Russia’s access to the Black sea.
We will remind that on October 17 the Norwegian coast patrol aircraft the Lockheed P-3 Orion took photos of the ship aircraft carrier group of the Navy of Russia. Against this background, the head of the intelligence service of Norway, Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde told the newspaper VGthat the Russian strike team, most likely, will play a crucial role in the battle for Aleppo.
Russian warships passed the Norwegian island Andoya and port of Bergen. Previously, the Western press wrotethat the strike group will move through the English channel and Bay of Biscay, through the Straits of Gibraltar and over the course of the week will be released in the Mediterranean sea and approach the coast of Syria.
Meanwhile, Britain also responded to the emergence of Russian shock troops from their shores. “Until those ships are in our waters, we will follow their every move on their way. We will conduct surveillance in the framework of a firm commitment to preserve the security of the UK”, – quotes The Guardian the press Secretary of the Ministry of defence of the United Kingdom.
According to the newspaper, the destroyer HMS Duncan (“Duncan”) sailed from Portsmouth on Tuesday, October 18, to join the frigate Richmond (“Richmond”) to accompany the Russian naval strike group. Another destroyer Dragon (“dragon”) must meet two Russian Corvette, next to the North towards Britain in Portugal.
The campaign of the Russian aircraft carrier group from the Murmansk region in parts of the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea began at 15:00 on 15 October, said on Saturday “Interfax” the press service of the Russian Northern fleet. Officially called the exact number of ships in the GAC. The press service said only that the group, in addition to the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” and the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, consists of the large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and support vessels.
Was also named the official goal of the campaign – “ensuring the naval presence in the operationally important areas of the World ocean”. The press service noted that special attention will be given to responding to new types of modern threats, including international terrorism. The former chief of the General staff of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Kravchenko told Interfax that the strike force can be in the Mediterranean in 10 days.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference during a visit to Goa did not disclose the purpose of sending a carrier battle group in the Mediterranean sea, reported “Interfax”. “Now I will tell you: the offensive, how many, where to begin,” said the President, answering a question, whether means sending the flagship of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean, that the coming offensive against the terrorists in Syria.
Even in the summer, a military-diplomatic source TASS reported that Russian ships should strengthen the group off the coast of Syria to strike at terrorists. It was also reported that the composition of the air group “Admiral Kuznetsov” – the MiG-29КР and MiG-29КУБР and su-33. In addition, for the carrier was preparing helicopter gunships Ka-52K “Katran” (naval version of Ka-52 “alligator”). The arrival of IBM to the coast of Syria is expected by the end of this week.