RUSSIAN Navy frigate deployed to take part in military operations near Syria has been pictured cruising through the Baltic Sea towards the UK.
The Yaroslav Murdy, an Neustrashimy-class frigate equipped with anti-ship missiles, is about to pass Britain alongside the Lena, an Uder-class oil tanker.
Vladimir Putin has sent the vessels to the Mediterranean, where they will participate in “combat training tasks”, including anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills, the Russian Navy has said.
Russia has a large naval presence in the Mediterranean in order to support Syrian President bashar al-Assad in the almost decade-long civil war.
The Yaroslav Murdy and the Lena are expected to pass through the English Channel and the Strait of Dover after leaving a seaport in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad.
Pictures posted by Russian Navy monitors on Wednesday show both vessels sailing westbound past the Storebælt’s Bridge off the coast of Denmark.