12:28 Nov. 1, 2016
Russia's defence minister comments on refusals to let Russian warships into European ports
Russian Defence minister Sergey Shoigu says Western countries are fighting against Russia, but not terrorists in Syria.
That is how Shoigu commented on the refusal of some countries to allow Russian warships to call at their ports.
"It is time for our Western partners to decide whom they are really fighting - either the terrorists or Russia," Shoigu said.
"Perhaps, they forgot who killed innocent people in Belgium, France, Egypt and Iraq terror attacks?" the Defence Minister added.
Shoigu stressed that denial of port access did not affect the mission
"We were especially surprised by the position of certain countries which under the pressure of the US and NATO said in public they denied the request of our warships to call at their ports. This did not affect at all the schedule of their traffic along the planned route as they are provided with all the necessary resources," Shoigu said.
According to Shoigu, the Russian groups at the Khmeimim air base and the Tartus naval maintenance base in Syria are also supplied with all the necessary items as some 2,000 tons of cargo are delivered there on a daily basis.
The Russian aircraft carrier group led by Admiral Kuznetsov and the battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) has already arrived in Mediterranean, heading to Syria's coast. There are concerns that the ships could be used to increase air attacks in Syria.
Based on reporting by TASS