A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast, the commander of Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier Sergei Artamonov confirmed on state television (Russia-1 TV channel).
Artamonov, said via videolink that the warships are now in the “designated zone… in the eastern Mediterranean” and “are now jointly carrying out tasks, maneuvering to the west of the Syrian coast.”
He confirmed that aircraft are already taking off from the ship’s deck to view the conflict zone.
“Flights are being carried out from the deck… they are working on coordination with the shore port,” Artamonov said, adding “The flights have been going on practically every day for the last four days.”
The Kuzntesov battle group has traveled to Syria from the North Sea through the English Channel to conduct missile strikes and flights in the area. Experts believe that the Russian naval task force that includes Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered battlecruiser, Admiral Grigorovich guided missile frigate and other warships will be actively involved into military operations in Syria.
According to Russian Interfax news agency’s military and diplomatic source, MiG and Sukhoi jets have been regularly flying into Syrian airspace from the Kuznetsov to “determine combat missions.”
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