Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov informed Russia's President Vladimir Putin about his two-day trip to the Murmansk region in connection with the latest K-159 submarine disaster. The Defence Minister completed his trip in the evening of August 31. The decommissioned K-159 submarine sank, while being towed to a local factory for subsequent recycling.
Talking to reporters, Ivanov confirmed the fact that the crew was unlikely to survive.
The K-159 sub, which was kept afloat by pontoons, went down in the early hours of August 31 three miles north-west of Kildin island. According to the Northern fleet's high command, a rope broke loose, depriving the sub of one pontoon. Ten sailors were staying aboard the submarine; only one of them was eventually picked up alive. Two dead sailors were located some time later. Search for other seven missing crewmen is still under way.
The United States and NATO are conducting provocative activities both in airspace and waters of the Black Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said