Russia warships drive away Dutch sub

2016-11-10 05:35
The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov passing the Norwegian island of Andoya in international waters on its way to the Mediterranean. (STR, forsvaret via AFP)

The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov passing the Norwegian island of Andoya in international waters on its way to the Mediterranean. (STR, forsvaret via AFP)

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Moscow - The Russian military says Russian warships in Eastern Mediterranean have driven away a Dutch submarine shadowing the squadron.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said two Russian navy destroyers spotted the Walrus-class submarine on Wednesday while it was 20km away from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and escorting ships.

Konashenkov said the destroyers had tracked the submarine for more than an hour before forcing it to leave the area. He didn't elaborate how the warships prompted the submarine to leave.

The spokesman added that such "clumsy" attempts to manoeuvre close to the Russian squadron could have resulted in an accident.

Konashenkov said the Russian squadron had previously spotted several NATO submarines, including a US Virginia-class nuclear submarine, while en route to Eastern Mediterranean.

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