The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reveals that the Russian missile cruiser Varyag blocked the Otranto channel for the passage of the NATO fleet located in the Ionian Sea!
The Russian guided-missile cruiser Varyag, currently in Mediterranean waters, blocked the US Navy’s aircraft carrier strike group in the Adriatic Sea, which was planning to leave the area. It was decided not to escalate the incident, as tensions between NATO and Russia were too serious and the risk of direct conflict too great. This is reported by the Italian edition of “La Repubblica”.
“No one noticed, but three weeks ago, the Russian fleet in the Adriatic was on the verge of a collision with NATO ships. It happened in Italian waters, along the coast facing Abruzzo and Puglia, – reports the Italian publication “La Repubblica”
It is noted that the maneuver of the Russian ship was intended to block the movement of the American aircraft carrier “Harry Truman”, which in recent months has been cruising between Sicily and the Adriatic. The Russian maneuver was a subtle challenge to NATO’s naval command that continued after July 22. However, it is noted that the Russian cruiser “Varyag” did not show any aggression.
At the moment, there are no official statements from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.