13:15 Oct. 20, 2016
Russian ships are on route from Norwegian sea to Syria
The UK's Ministry of Defence said the destroyer HMS Duncan had sailed from Portsmouth to join HMS Richmond in escorting the group as it moves south. It also said another British destroyer, HMS Dragon, was due to meet two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal.
The Russian naval task force is the most powerful to sail in northern Europe since 2014, Russian media has reported. The Admiral Kuznetsov is the only carrier in the Russian navy. It can carry more than 50 aircraft and its weapons systems include Granit anti-ship cruise missiles.
London decided to escort Russian navy amid growing tensions between Russia and NATO forces.