Two of the smaller and more modern Russian corvettes, Stoikiy and Soobrazitelnyy, have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and are currently in the Mediterranean waters. Their goal would be to “spy” on the Atlantic Alliance exercises, “Neptune Strike” and “Steadfast Noon”.
Two of the smaller and more modern Russian corvettes, Stoikiy and Soobrazitelnyy, have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, after traveling from the Baltic, and are currently in the Mediterranean waters.
Designed to make them less visible to radar, with state-of-the-art anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, their entry into the Mediterranean, as revealed by the Itamilradar site, was monitored by American planes that took off from Sigonella. This is what the newspaper La Repubblica reported.
In the same waters, remaining invisible under water, the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine, equipped with long-range cruise missiles, hovers: an extraordinary presence in the Mediterranean.
The objective of their presence, after about a month of pause, would be to “spy” the new exercise of the Atlantic Alliance, “Neptune Strike”, which should begin today, Monday 17 October, between the Adriatic and Ionian, with the involvement of ships , submarines and jets from multiple countries, simulating threats coming from the East in the Balkan area and the Black Sea coasts.
In the upper Adriatic, another even more delicate exercise will start today, namely the “Steadfast Noon”, which literally means “constant noon”, as opposed to “midnight” which indicates nuclear catastrophe. The operation, which was planned before the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, will run until the end of the month and will involve 14 countries, under the management of the USA, the UK and France.
According to the Atlantic Alliance, “the air forces of the whole of NATO will exercise nuclear deterrence capabilities by involving dozens of aircraft over northwestern Europe”.
“We would be giving a very wrong message if we suddenly canceled a routine exercise, which has been planned for some time, because the war in Ukraine is underway,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained at a press conference in Brussels, adding that the nuclear rhetoric of Russian President Putin is “irresponsible” and that Moscow “knows that a nuclear war would not win and must never be fought”