Being escorted by two Royal Navy warships is eight Russian warships heading for Aleppo in what is being called Russia’s “largest surface deployment” since the end of the cold war.
According to a Nato diplomat, the warships left Murmansk on Wednesday, and are sailing past Norway and into the English Channel en route to the Mediterranean.
“They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War,” the diplomat said.
“This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia’s strategy to declare victory there,” he added.
Not only will the attack on Aleppo serve as a way for Russia to end the war in Syria, the assault on Aleppo will highlight US inaction in the run-up to Election Day and may aid Donald Trump, according to The Telegraph.
Russia’s deployment of these ships serves to prove the renewed military capability of their nation.
ZrMs Evertsen stand-by om Kuznetsov-groep eventueel te escorteren in geval van passage door Noordzee. pic.twitter.com/gNa21wXPU5
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