According to the last Notice to the Aviators (NOTAM), the Mediterranean task force of the Russian Navy will carry out naval exercises on the coast of Syria for several weeks. The starting point of the naval exercise will begin on July 11, just five days before Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet in the Finnish capital of Helsinki to discuss the complicated situation in Syria.
The location of the war simulation will be in the eastern Mediterranean between the Syrian coast and the southern part of Cyprus through the port of Tartus, which will be reserved for 10 to 20 warships that will carry out simulations of missiles from 11 to 12, 18 and July 19 25 and 26, reported the Russian news agency,
The location of the war simulation will be in the eastern Mediterranean between the Syrian coast and the southern part of Cyprus through the port of Tartus, which will be reserved for 10 to 20 warships that will carry out simulations of missiles from 11 to 12, 18 and July 19 25 and 26, reported the Russian news agency.
During the exercise, the airspace will be closed from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Moscow time. The NOTAM mentioned that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the “only legitimate and competent authority to provide aeronautical and air traffic information within the limits of the airspace of advice”.
«REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE NOTAMS A1006 / 18 AND A1007 / 18 DATED 05 JULY 2018 ISSUED BY THE GREEK CHIPRIOTO ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOUTH OF CYPRUS WITH RESPECT TO THE NAVAL RUSSIAN EXERCISE AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DCTS AND THE PLANNING OF THE ROUTE. WE WOULD LIKE TO DECLARE THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKO NORTH OF CYPRUS IS THE ONLY LEGITIMATE AND COMPETENT AUTHORITY THAT OFFERS AIR TRAFFIC SERVICES AND AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION WITHIN THE LIMITS OF ERCAN’S ADVISORY AIRSPACE. THEREFORE, NOTAMS A1006 / 18 AND A1007 / 18 DATED ON JULY 5, 2018, ISSUED BY THE GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOUTH OF CYPRUS MUST BE CONSIDERED NULL AND ANNULLED “, read the NOTAM.
He mentioned that warships will conduct missile simulations with a variety of precision-guided weapons. In particular, the Russian frigate Admiral Essen, a guided missile frigate of the Admiral Grigorovich class, based on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, armed with the Kalibr missile system (code name of NATO: ‘Sizzler’) will participate in the exercise.
Quoted by the press office of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, reported on June 18, the Buyan Grad Sviyazhsk and Veliky Ustyug class corvettes armed with Kalibr missile systems began their journey to the Mediterranean Sea from Sevastopol.
With a dozen or more Russian warships coming mainly from the Black Sea Fleet meet off the Syrian coast for future missile drills before the Trump-Putin summit, it seems that Moscow is sending the CIA and the Pentagon a severe warning if relationships after the summit fail.
Let’s hope that does not happen because Trump’s desire to withdraw US forces from Syria before October will allow him to declare the proverbial “Mission Accomplished” by defeating Daesh or the Islamic State for the upcoming mid-term elections of the US.