‘This is very rare’ Russia warship ‘to fire missiles SIX MILES off Sweden coast’

Thursday, March 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

A RUSSIAN missile cruiser has been sent to carry out “very rare” firing drills just six miles off the coast of Sweden next week, according to reports.

By Joshua Nevett
29th March 2018

Northern Fleet missile cruiser the Marshal Ustinov has been deployed to the Barents Sea for live firing drills between April 4-6, TASS reported, citing the Russian Navy’s press service.

The military exercises will take place in six miles south off Karlskrona, in Sweden’s southeastern Blekinge County, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

The missile system tests – on the doorstep of several NATO members – come amid simmer tensions with the west following the nerve agent attack in the UK.

Crew aboard the Slava-class cruiser will conduct “a number of ship combat exercises”, including anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills, the Russian Navy said.

Artillery and missile systems will be used to “destroy air and high-speed surface targets”, it added.

“This is very rare,” a source within the Swedish Armed Forces told Expressen.

A commentator for Russia Military Watch tweeted: “Bloody hell. Russian navy just reserved missile firings area for 4-6 April up to 18000m in intl waters real close to Sweden. How provocative you can go?”

Ahead of the drills, starting at 6am on Wednesday and ending at 6pm on Friday, Civil Aviation Administration issued a warning to all air traffic in the area.

Russia ordered a new wave of war drills this week following recent tensions with the West as the UK accuses Vladimir Putin of being behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

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