A Russian aircraft-carrier and other warships have reached waters near Trondheim in Norway and will soon head towards the UK.
The naval task force from Russia's Northern Fleet is expected to sail through the English Channel, then down to Gibraltar, and through the Mediterranean Sea to the Syrian coast.
The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is escorted by seven other Russian ships. The group will join the Russian combat mission in war-torn Syria.
It is the most powerful Russian naval task force to sail in northern Europe since 2014, Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reports.
Nato has accused Russia of provocative military manoeuvres, especially in the Baltic region. Russian warplanes have stepped up patrols near Nato countries' airspace.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite condemned Russia's recent deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.
Speaking in Helsinki on Tuesday, she called it an "aggressive, open demonstration of power" against not just the three Baltic states, but European capitals. (end of excerpt)
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