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    This is a handout photo issued by Britain's Ministry of Defence taken on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, of HMS Richmond, foreground, a Type 23 Duke Class frigate, observing aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, at rear left, which is part of a Russian task group, during transit through the North Sea

    NATO Navy Escorting Russian Warships on Mediterranean Tour Violated No Law

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    NATO vessels did not violate international law while accompanying the Russian naval group near Britain, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Korolev said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO ships, accompanying a Russian group of warships headed by the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov sailing not far from the territory of the United Kingdom, did not violate the international maritime law, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Korolev said Monday.

    "Of course, it drew the attention, first of all, of the NATO countries. Up to eight warships accompanied us since we got into UK area, but there was no violation of international maritime law, it is a common practice when we accompany those groups that put to sea," Korolev told "Rossiya-24" TV channel.

    He added that the campaign of the Russian ships was initially planned in a way to be completely autonomous, stressing that at this stage all the assigned tasks were completed by the warships' group.

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

    Su-33 fighter jets based on Admiral Kuznetsov air carrier repeatedly took part in the anti-terrorist strikes in Syria.

    Russia launched military operation against terrorist groups in Syria in September 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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