According to NATO officials, Russia has sent all vessels of theNorthern Fleet and a part of the Baltic Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea to strengthen the campaign in Syria, an unnamed source in the alliance told Reuters.
Earlier, officials representing the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation reported about the departure of a group of vessels to theMediterranean region and exposed the names of the vessels.
According to the NATO source, Russia is launching its largest deployment operation since the end of the Cold War. The source did not substantiate his statements with specific evidence. To crown it all, there were no official messages on the subject from NATO either.
Reportedly, NATO believes that Russia is going to increase the number of its aircraft in Syria to complete the operation in Aleppo within the upcoming two weeks.
The press service of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation earlier reported that an aircraft carrier group of the Northern Fleet set off for a mission in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean regions in accordance with a combat training plan of the Navy on October 15.
The group consists of heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov of the Soviet Union Fleet,” heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk,” “Vice-Admiral Kulakov,” as well as support vessels.
The “Admiral Kuznetsov” vessel carries deck-based Su-33 and Su-25 aircraft, as well as Ka-27/Ka29 helicopters.