Crew members onboard a Russian submarine during celebrations in July 26. The Swedish armed forces refused to comment on whether the latest discovery could be a similar vessel. Photograph: Yuri Maltsev/Reuters
The Independent: Russia sending three submarines towards Syria in preparation for major assault on Aleppo
Russia previously used the vessels to target Isis in Syria.
Three Russian submarines armed with cruise missiles have reportedly joined a naval battleforce heading towards Syria.
The Royal Navy and Nato have been tracking the two Akula-class submarines and a diesel-powered Kilo-class sub as they travelled to join the fleet of Russian ships headed by the Soviet-era aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
“The Russians now have submarines in the Med,” a senior naval source told The Sunday Times.
It is feared the submarines may be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and could be used to support the final assault on the besieged city of Aleppo.
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WNU Editor: Even though there are reports that Russian President Putin has rejected Russian military requests to resume the bombing of Aleppo .... Aleppo: Putin rejects army request to resume air raids (Al Jazeera) .... I cannot help but feel that with an approaching Russian naval task force, the positioning of these subs, plus comments like this one .... Putin says Russia has no option but to clear Aleppo of militants (Reuters) ..... that a major offensive to retake Aleppo is now in the final stage of preparation.