Rus­sian fleet en route to the Mediter­ranean

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Nor­we­gian mil­i­tary has taken pho­to­graphs of a Rus­sian fleet, in­clud­ing its flag­ship air­craft car­rier, off the Nor­we­gian coast as it headed for the eastern Mediter­ranean.

Based in Severo­morsk in the Bar­ents Sea in the Arc­tic, the car­rier Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov and seven other ves­sels were pho­tographed on Oc­to­ber 17 in in­ter­na­tional waters off Nor­way, Ma­jor Elis­a­beth Eike­land, spokesper­son of the Na­tional Joint Head­quar­ters in the Nor­we­gian army, said.

“We have been in­formed that they are en route to the Mediter­ranean,” Ms Eike­land said.

“It’s not every day that so many ships sail to­gether off Nor­way.”

The car­rier was shad­owed by a Nor­we­gian navy frigate, with a ves­sel from an­other NATO mem­ber primed to take over es­cort du­ties af­ter­ward.

Rus­sia an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 15 that the Soviet-era Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov, its only air­craft car­rier, was to re­in­force Moscow’s mil­i­tary pres­ence in the eastern Mediter­ranean, where its forces are con­duct­ing a bomb­ing cam­paign in Syria.

The Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov is trav­el­ling with the Py­otr Ve­liky bat­tle­cruiser, the Vice Ad­mi­ral Ku­lakov de­stroyer and large anti-sub­ma­rine ships, the de­fence min­istry in Moscow said.

On Oc­to­ber 18, Moscow an­nounced an im­me­di­ate halt to raids by Rus­sian and Syr­ian air forces on Aleppo as a ges­ture of “good­will”.

The Krem­lin said this would en­able the evac­u­a­tion of civil­ians from re­bel­held ar­eas of the city, which has been bombed in­ten­sively dur­ing the past month. –

Photo: AFP

Rus­sian air­craft car­rier Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov passes the Nor­we­gian is­land of An­doya on Oc­to­ber 17 en route to the Mediter­ranean.

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