The Royal Navy's Type 42 destroyer steams alongside Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
Daily Mail: Royal Navy races to intercept heavily-armed Russian aircraft carrier heading for English Channel as it practises bombing raids near Scotland ahead of Syrian mission
* Russia's flagship and seven additional vessels will pass UK on way to Syria
* The large fleet is expected to carry out practice bombing north of Scotland
* British warships will be scrambled by Royal Navy to navigate fleet past UK
* Warships could sail down the English Channel - a mile off the British coast
The Royal Navy is on red alert after it was revealed that Russia plans to sail a fleet of warships along the British coast as it makes it way to Syria.
Russia's flagship Admiral Kuznetsov and seven additional vessels will pass the UK on their voyage to the war-torn country as it prepares to bomb rebel forces in Aleppo.
The fleet is expected to carry out practice bombing north of Scotland before potentially sailing down the English Channel - a mile off the coast of Britain.
It comes amid rapidly escalating tensions between the west and Russia, as the Kremlin looks to give a show of strength right on the doorstep of the UK.
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Update #1: 'Posturing' Russians to send aircraft carrier and fleet along the English Channel (Telegraph)
Update #2: Russian warships to sail through English Channel (The Independent)
WNU Editor: The British press is in panic mode. What's my take .... this Russian aircraft carrier will be accompanied by tug-boats in the event that it breaks down (which it has in the past).