A squadron of Russian warships has passed through the English Channel in what the Royal Navy described as a “routine” movement.
Nato dismissed reports by Russian media saying the flotilla was there to conduct military exercises.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that the ships had been escorted out of UK waters by Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne.
Nato has reported increased incursions by Russian military vehicles following months of tension over Ukraine.
Analysis: By Jonathan Beale, BBC News
It’s a sign of the times. When the Russian military are on the move, alarm bells ring. This year there have already been three times as many intercepts of Russian warplanes flying near the airspace of Nato countries compared with 2013.
But the UK Royal Navy and the French Navy say “it’s not unusual” to have Russian warships transiting through the Channel. It’s the route they often choose to make their…
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