A fleet of Russian warships has set sail for the English Channel with Vladimir Putin poised to test bombs off the British coast, putting the Royal Navy on red alert, reports the British newspaper The Sun.
British warships are being scrambled to intercept the fleet which will pass within one mile of the British coast on its way to Syria.
Russia's flagship aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was amongst the ships to depart from Severomorsk today.
The fleet is heading for the Mediterranean Sea where Russian naval forces are supporting its bombing campaign in Syria, the defence ministry said.
Admirals and their Nato allies are drawing up plans to intercept the Russian warships, The Telegraph has reported:
"Royal Navy chiefs and their Nato allies are drawing up plans to escort up to eight Russian warships which are due to leave port imminently to join the country’s air strike campaign against Syrian rebels.
Admirals believe the Kremlin will use the voyage as an opportunity for a show of strength as it passes Britain, and expect the carrier’s aircraft to launch flying drills off the British and French coasts."
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