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.

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