Thursday, October 20 2016 20:53 EEST
Military
UK naval destroyers are going to meet with Russian flotilia in Strait of Dover
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Ships of British fleet set to escort the naval forces of the Russian Federation, heading towards the Mediterranean from Norwegian sea on their route to Syria to join Bashar al-Assad's bombing campaign in Syria.

British ships were forced to monitor Russia`s flotilia as it entered a 200-mile exclusive economic zone of the United Kingdom and set to pass within just one mile of England.

Russian naval group includes the fleet consisting of six warships, a submarine and three support ships sailing towards Syria through Strait of Dover. Among them the Russian aircraft carrier fleet, led by the Admiral Kuznetsov.

The UK's Ministry of Defence said the destroyer HMS Duncan had sailed from Portsmouth to join HMS Richmond in escorting the group as it moves south. It also said another British destroyer, HMS Dragon was heading south and was due to meet two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal.

The Russian naval task force is the most powerful to sail in northern Europe since 2014, Russian media has reported. The Admiral Kuznetsov is the only carrier in the Russian navy. It can carry more than 50 aircraft and its weapons systems include Granit anti-ship cruise missiles.