Your pre-mothballed carriers won’t save you now:
Russia’s Northern Fleet has been conducting naval training near Dover. Two battleships and two supply vessels worked on operations and communications in conditions of adverse weather and heavy marine traffic.
“Today a squadron of warships and support vessels of the Northern Fleet headed by a large anti-submarine ship, the Severomorsk, crossed the narrowest part of the English Channel and passed into the Bay of the Seine,” said Russia’s defense ministry.
The crews held a series of survival exercises in case of flooding or fire, as well as anti-submarine training.
After the training, in one of the world’s most crowded waterways, where the squadron was constantly shadowed by the British Navy’s HMS Tyne offshore patrol vessel, the task force went further and anchored in the international waters of the Seine Bay to wait out a storm…
To be fair, I think that the Russians have shown admirable restraint. If I had a navy to play with I’d pretty much do nothing but send bits of it hither and yon in a vaguely intimidating manner.
Though this may not be the best possible way to convince François Hollande to let them have their Mistrals.