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Russia warns that Britain's new 'Big Lizzie' aircraft carrier is 'nothing more than a huge target'

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Russia today claimed Britain's new aircraft carrier nicknamed Big Lizzie is a sitting target, denying Vladimir Putin's naval commanders are jealous of the huge vessel.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon had compared the £3.1 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth with Moscow's only 'dilapidated' aircraft carrier, claiming: 'I think the Russians will look at this ship with a little bit of envy.'

There were reports that Putin's agents would be collecting intelligence on the flagship as it undergoes sea trials.

But chief spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: 'The British aircraft carrier is nothing more than just a huge easy naval target.'

He said: 'The ecstatic statements of UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon about the exterior supremacy of the new aircraft carrier over Russia's Admiral Kuztensov warship demonstrate his absolute ignorance of the naval science.'

There were 'core differences' between the new British vessel and the Admiral Kuznetsov, he said.

'Like with (Queen) bees, the British aircraft carrier is capable of merely releasing planes from its womb being surrounded by a swarm of warships, support vessels and submarines to ensure its protection,' he said.

But the ageing Soviet-era Kuznetsov - built in 1985 - is 'equipped with multiple launch, anti-submarine, and most important, Granit anti-ship missiles'.

The Russian embassy in London also mocked Sir Michael.

Diplomats tweeted: 'To Secretary Fallon: Kuznetsov helped to defeat terrorists in Syria, it's a real asset. What is the British record and who has to envy whom?'

Some 420 combat missions have been flown from the Kuznetsov during its expedition to Syria, it is claimed.

Russia this week announced it was following Britain in building a new aircraft carrier.

Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk said blueprints were being examined, adding: 'The navy is going to build an aircraft carrier.'

It is due for completion in 2025.

Meanwhile, the Kuznetsov - which spewed black smoke as it sailed through the English Channel returning from Syria - is to undergo repairs to extend its life by 20 years.

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