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NATO Concerned Russia May Use Carrier Group in Mediterranean for Syria Actions

Sputnik News

20:38 20.10.2016

NATO is concerned that the Russian carrier group in the Mediterranean may be used to strengthen its military actions in Syria and in particular in Aleppo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The naval group of Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov set sail last Saturday for the eastern Mediterranean from the Northern Fleet's home base of Severomorsk in northwestern Russia. Its expected passage through the English Channel put the Royal Navy on alert.

"Russia of course has the right to operate in international waters, and this is not the first time we've seen this carrier group being deployed in the Mediterranean … But what creates concern now is that this carrier group may be used to contribute to military operations over Syria and be used to increase attacks on Aleppo," Stoltenberg told a press conference.

Stoltenberg also added that the bloc was ready to hold another meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in the near future and will raise the issue of Ukraine.

"We are ready to have a new meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in the near future, there is no date that has been fixed or decided but we are ready to convene a new meeting and we are in dialogue with Russia on the agenda and modalities … Therefore, we have maintained the NATO-Russia council as a platform … for political engagement with Russia. We have also made it very clear that we will raise the question of Ukraine," Stoltenberg told a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.


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