British admirals are drawing up plans to escort an approaching Russian aircraft carrier together with seven more vessels, which will pass by the UK’s shores en-route to the Mediterranean, according to reports in the British press.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, left the port of Severomorsk at 3:00pm Moscow time (12pm GMT) on Saturday for the eastern Mediterranean. The carrier will be escorted by the battle cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine vessel Severomorsk, and five other vessels of Russia’s Northern fleet.
They will “ensure a naval presence in operationally significant areas of the world’s oceans,” according to an official press release.
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