In Mediterranean Russian warships chase away NATO submarine

In Mediterranean Russian warships chase away NATO submarineA Dutch submarine in the eastern Mediterranean Sea was driven away by Russian warships as Moscow said it was shadowing its squadron in a "dangerous" way.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Russian Navy destroyers spotted the Walrus-class submarine on November 9 while it was 20 kilometers away from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

He said that two anti-submarine ships, Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov, had "easily identified the submarine 20km away using the standard onboard hydro-acoustics systems and data obtained from anti-submarine helicopters".

Russian destroyers tracked the submarine for more than an hour before forcing it to leave the area, Konashenkov said without elaborating how they drove off the submarine.

"Such clumsy attempts to dangerously maneuver within immediate proximity of a group of Russian vessels could lead to grave navigation accidents," Konashenkov warned.

According to NATO official, the alliance was monitoring the Russian fleet in a "measured and responsible way" out of concern the navy buildup could presage more intensified Russian military activity in Syria, where Moscow has been supporting the regime with air strikes against armed rebels

In a tweet, the Dutch Defense Ministry said it does not comment on operations conducted by its submarines.

Dutch marine expert Jaime Karreman said that if true the incident was unprecedented.

"It's pretty shocking that a submarine on a secret mission is discovered," he told Dutch TV.
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