The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu said that the campaign of Russian ships in the Mediterranean sea "has caused a stir among Western partners." About it reports TASS.
"But especially surprised us the position of individual countries that are under pressure from the US and NATO publicly stated on the refusal in entering of our warships in their ports," added the defense Minister. According to Shoigu, this was not reflected on the chart their movement on a given route, because they are provided with the necessary resources.
The official noted that disclaimer to let Russian ships in the ports demonstrated how partners of Moscow understand your contribution to the fight against international terrorism in Syria. "It is time for Western colleagues to define who they actually are fighting with the terrorists or with Russia. As one of our poet, is not the same place to sit on a different train," — said Shoigu (this is a modified phrase from a poem by Igor Guberman approx. "Of the tape.ru").
The group, which, in particular, includes the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and nuclear-powered missile cruiser "Peter the Great", began the campaign in the Mediterranean sea, 15 Oct. Last week the connection got there. The purpose of the campaign, as stated in the press service of the Northern fleet, "ensuring a naval presence in the operationally important areas of the oceans".
NATO concerned the fact that going in the direction of Syria group could be used for strikes on Aleppo. The Russian foreign Ministry, in turn, noted that the grounds for such suspicions there, Russian ships in the past was in the Mediterranean sea.