The French Navy frigate Aquitaine entered the Barents Sea. The military vessels of the Northern Fleet of the Armed Forces of Russia began to monitor the ship of the NATO country. The General Staff of the RF Armed Forces called the teachings of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance in the Barents Sea a provocation on the eve of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II.
The military vessels of the Northern Fleet of the Armed Forces of Russia have begun monitoring the French Navy Aquitaine frigate, which entered the Barents Sea on June 5, RIA Novosti reports from the Russian National Defense Management Center.
The French frigate is armed with a 76-mm Super Rapid artillery mount, A43 Silver ATV for Aster-15 and -30 missiles, Exocet anti-ship missiles MM40 Block 3, and 324-mm torpedo tubes. NH-90 type helicopters can be based on ships, according to the Big Military Encyclopedia.
Earlier, the Russian General Staff called the provocation of the teachings of NATO countries in the Barents Sea on the eve of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II. This was reported by TASS with reference to the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Colonel-General Sergei Rudsky.
He recalled that for the first time since the end of the Cold War, NATO exercises were held in the Barents Sea. According to him, this indicates the intensification of the alliance in the Arctic.
“Such actions are regarded by us as provocative, despite the fact that the American side in the shortest possible time notified about the calls of these ships in the Barents Sea,” the military said.
Then it became known that the troops of the Northern Fleet of Russia until the end of this year will receive new weapons and military equipment. This was reported by the newspaper “Red Star” with reference to the commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, Alexander Moiseev.
According to him, the ground and coastal forces of the fleet will receive over “180 units of weapons and military equipment adapted for use in the harsh conditions of the Arctic.”
Moiseev also said that tests of new weapons, including hypersonic, will continue. He noted that such weapons “will allow to qualitatively increase the combat potential of the Northern Fleet.”
In general, the Russian Navy will include more than 30 ships and vessels before the end of this year, said the commander in chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.
According to him, the country’s fleet will receive 35 ships and vessels of various classes. Evmenov noted that soon the naval flag will be hoisted on the Prince Vladimir nuclear-powered missile submarine cruiser and on the Admiral of the Fleet Kasatonov frigate.
In addition, the serial construction of Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Pacific Fleet, Project 22160 patrol ships for the Black Sea Fleet, Project 22800 small missile ships for the Baltic Fleet and Project 12700 mine defense ships will continue, the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief added.
Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow curtailed its military exercises in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The head of the Russian foreign ministry said that the Russian military also decided not to conduct any combat training activities near the borders of Russia with NATO member countries during the outbreak.
Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about the deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic countries, calling it a threat to its security.
Russia and the Alliance also accuse each other of conducting destabilizing military exercises near the borders.
However, according to Kommersant, after an exchange of messages between the Russian Foreign Ministry and NATO headquarters, it became clear that the alliance was not going to abandon military exercises.
Commenting on Brussels’s response to Moscow’s proposal, the Alliance’s spokeswoman, Oana Lunjescu, said that “NATO’s actions are strictly defensive, proportionate and consistent with international obligations.”
According to her, the exercises in Eastern Europe are a response to the actions of Russia and it’s building up military potential in the Baltic region with the involvement of ships, aircraft, military vehicles, and marines.
In addition, the American publication The National Interest expressed concern that Russia conducted its exercises in the Arctic after the military vessels of the United States and Great Britain carried out maneuvers in this region for the first time since the Cold War.