Left Sevastopol on Friday, October 28, a patrol ship of the black sea fleet “Sharp-witted” went “to the shores of Syria”, writes “the Russian newspaper” without references to sources of information.
At the same time, the official statement of the Russian defense Ministry stated that “Sharp-witted” went to the Greek port of Piraeus.
“The crew of the TFR will take part in the events of the Year of Russia in Greece, which will be held from October 31 to November 1 in Athens and Piraeus”, — said the press service of the Ministry.
“Many of them dedicated to the 165th anniversary since the birth of Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna Romanova, which is becoming the Queen of Greece, has dedicated his life to the strengthening and development of Russian-Greek relations as well as diplomatic and spiritual rapprochement of the two countries,” — said the defense Ministry.
October 15, press service of the Northern fleet officially announced the shipment to the Mediterranean group of warships led by the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The group in addition to the “Admiral Kuznetsov” entered the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Pyotr Veliky”, large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and support vessels.
“The goal of the campaign — ensuring a naval presence in the operationally important areas of the oceans,” — said in the message. It emphasizes that special attention will be paid to ensuring the safety of Maritime navigation and other Maritime economic activities of the Russian Federation, as well as responding to new types of modern threats such as piracy and international terrorism.
Ten days after the beginning of the campaign, 25 October, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Russian squadron can be used to attack civilians in Aleppo. “A battle group can be used to extend the capabilities of Russia on the conduct of hostilities in Syria to enhance new air strikes on Aleppo,” — said Stoltenberg. In particular, it “can be used as a platform to strengthen the air strikes against civilians in Aleppo,” he added.
Director of Department of European cooperation Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kelin said these concerns “based on nothing”, and statements of NATO officials have called absurd. “The concern is based on nothing, since it is already the ninth day of our aircraft is not close to Aleppo. Reason no. The grouping of ships is in the Mediterranean sea. Our ships have always been before in the Mediterranean sea. Reason to suspect something there, there is no basis for the statements of Stoltenberg,” — said Kaelin.
“Now Russian aircraft approaching Aleppo, it is declared by the Ministry of defence. Why build such vague assumptions and their basis to make any policy recommendations? This, of course, is absurd,” — said the thought the diplomat.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that information about the objectives of the campaign and the tasks that are put before the command of “Admiral Kuznetsov” is stored “somewhere in sealed envelopes marked “top secret”. According to him, the aircraft carrier does not need to “chase away the Americans.” “I don’t think someone should chase away that someone can strike. Now it is enough, perhaps, tools to monitor the skies, for the safety of our temporary infrastructure in Syria, so this is not possible”, — said Peskov.