12:47 GMT13 June 2021
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    Sea-based jets of the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov which arrived in the Syrian coast heading a group of the Russian Northern Fleet's squadron started flights, Commander of the ship Sergei Artamonov said.

    They jets are practicing interaction with one of the coastal airfields, he added.

    "The flights are conducted from the deck of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser, interaction with a coastal airfield is being worked out. The flights have been carried out almost on a daily basis for four days," Captain 1st Rank Artamonov told Vesti v Subbotu news program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

    On October 15, Russia's Northern Fleet’s press service said that a group of warships headed by the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov accompanied by the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer, and support vessels was sent to the Mediterranean to hold drills and strengthen capabilities.

    Meanwhile, the commander of the Pyotr Veliky guided missile cruiser Vladislav Malakhovsky said that no foreign ships have approached the Russian squadron.

    "No one is flying over us. Everybody avoids approaching closer than 50 kilometers, knowing well about the power and impact force of the two cruisers," he said speaking about Admiral Kuznetsov and Pyotr Veliky cruisers.


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