Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell has spoken in the House of Commons about the Russian navy recently sailing off the Scottish coast.
He said: “If it is safe to assume that these Russian warships were not planning to bombard Mr Salmond, may we assume that they were there to establish the unimpeded rights of Russia to exploit oil in the Arctic?
“If so, will we have reciprocal rights to look for oil in the Russian Arctic?”
Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, said: “The clear stated intention, which was subsequently borne out by events, was that the Kuznetsov carrier task group would proceed from Russia to the eastern Mediterranean, where it currently is. This is all perfectly normal procedure, and it was notified to NATO in advance.”