The British press announced the dispatch to Syria of Russian submarines, linking this to the possible development of a large-scale attack on Aleppo. That carrier battle group led by “Admiral Kuznetsov” was joined by three submarines with cruise missiles, sources told The Sunday Times. In early December last year from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean sea for the first time launched missiles “Caliber” at the territory of Syria.
The sides of the British newspaper claim that the “Admiral Kuznetsov” and his group are in the “standby” off the coast of North Africa. The Times argues that from bases in the Murmansk region came out two nuclear submarines “Shark” and one diesel-electric submarine class “Kilo”. Last week, they entered the North Atlantic and joined the group with the only Russian aircraft carrier headed.
The military chiefs of NATO fear that cruise missiles “Calibre” installed on submarines can strike targets in Syria, reports RBC.
The newspaper this fact “raises concerns that President Putin is preparing to give the order for a final devastating attack on Aleppo”. (Quoted by Lenta.ru.)
Note that the new cruise missile is in the possession and surface ships: it was reported that from the Mediterranean sea to meet the “Kuznetsov” was released corvettes “Green Vale” and “Serpukhov”, which is armed with a missile “Caliber-NK”.
The campaign group “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the Mediterranean sea started in mid-October. In addition to the carrier, consisting of the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Pyotr Veliky”, large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and support vessels.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expects the squadron will be used for strikes on Aleppo, including using carrier-based aircraft.