05:07 GMT +315 October 2019
Listen Live
    British Navy and Air Force escort Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier through the English Channel

    Over 50 NATO Ships Escorted Admiral Kuznetsov Cruiser During Round Trip to Syria

    © Photo : The UK Ministry of defence
    Russia
    Get short URL
    161026
    Subscribe

    The commander of the cruiser said that Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, was followed by more than 50 NATO ships on its way to Syria and back home.

    Su-33 and MiG-29K fighters aboard Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea.
    © Sputnik / Press service of the Northern Fleet/Andrey Luzik
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which has recently returned from Syria to the country's northern port city of Severomorsk, was followed by more than 50 NATO ships on its way to Syria and back home, Sergey Artamonov, the commander of the cruiser, said Tuesday.

    "During the trip, we detected presence of 50-60 NATO ships close to us. In some places, we were followed up simultaneously by 10-11 [NATO ships]," Artamonov said in an interview with the Russian Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.

    Russia's naval group, consisting of the Admiral Kuznetsov, the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and the Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer, and support vessels, left for Syria in October 2016 to participate in counterterrorism operations.

    On January 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the group to return to Russia's Northern Fleet base after a new Syrian ceasefire was announced on December 29. The group returned to the base on February 8.

    Never miss a story again — sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed!

    Related:

    This is What Russia's Navy Can Learn From Admiral Kuznetsov's Mission in Syria
    Russian Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier Returns Home After Syria Mission
    Air Wing of Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Returns Home After Syria Mission
    Tags:
    Admiral Kuznetsov, NATO, Russia, Severomorsk
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik