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    The Russian Defense Ministry said that it was surprised the UK needed NATO to find a Russian submarine traveling at slow speed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it would be "strange" if the UK navy failed to notice Russia's Stary Oskol submarine as it slowly travelled toward the Black Sea Fleet.

    Earlier in the day, it was reported that that a Russian submarine had been "intercepted" as it was expected to pass the strait of Dover, thanks to joint UK-NATO efforts.

    "The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised that joint UK-NATO efforts were required to discover a submarine traveling in a surfaced position at slow speed, accompanied by a tugboat. It would have been strange if the Royal Navy together with its NATO allies failed to notice the submarine, particularly considering the fact that our sailors have been greeted — according to an old tradition — by passing merchant vessels from different countries in the Barents, Norwegian and North seas over the past days," the ministry said in a statement.

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