June 30 will see a completion of joint exercises by Britain's aircraft carrier strike group and the United States Sixth Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean, which began back on June 1. The British forces are represented by several warships led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with six fifth-generation F-35B heavy fighters onboard. On June 22, they carried out the first combat sorties as part of joint missions with the United States against ISIL (an international Muslim terrorist group banned in Russia). The locations and targets have not been disclosed.
A few days before the maneuvers ended, the British CSG approached the Russian military facilities at a threatening distance, occupying a sea area north of Cyprus.
To control the British naval forces' performance, Russian commanders launched joint maneuvers of the standing naval task force and the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Eastern Mediterranean on June 25. The event involves five warships, two submarines from the Tartus base, three Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, two MiG-31K heavy fighters carrying hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, and other aircraft.
Maneuver areas of the British and Russian fleets are 30 km away from each other. On July 26, a Russian Navy task force conducted training artillery firing and targeted missile launches. Russian Aerospace Forces' fighter and bomber aircraft worked out missions against real targets in the central and eastern parts of the Syrian Republic.
The rigidity of Russia's showcase actions in this area aims to demonstrate the forces and capabilities to prevent its "European partners" and their allies with the radical Syrian opposition from their probable plans of carrying out armed or other provocations against Russian military facilities in Syria.
Since March this year, Muslim radicals cooperating with the British special services, masquerading under the guise of White Helmets rescue service, have prepared several chemical attacks with the use of toxic substances against the civilian population of the Syrian Idlib Governorate. Their goal is to accuse the Syrian government of crimes against humanity under Russia's patronage and to provoke further missile and air strikes against this country.
On June 26, 2021, Russia delivered a stern warning to the Whitehall that it would never allow another incident that occurred off the Crimean coast two days earlier. The British HMS Defender missile destroyer defiantly violated the maritime border of Russia at Cape Fiolent and was only forced to leave after warning fire by Russia's Federal Security Service Border Guard Service and a demonstrative strike by Su-24 front-line bombers on the ship's path.
Following the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry warned the British military that all their and other ships in the Black Sea are prime targets for the Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system. And trying Russian command's patience is a dead-end road.
These and other anti-ship means also serve to protect Russian bases in Tartus and Khmeimim. On-site air defense command has conducted comprehensive training of all the material and human resources to repel air and missile attacks of a simulated enemy, during which the Russian military performed firing with standard weapons at real targets. Including amid mass raids.
All these events had a certain deterrent effect not only against Britain in the Mediterranean, but also against all the 30 participants in NATO's major military Black Sea maneuvers, as well as its allies.