Russia says warning shots deter UK warship; London denies it

  • Russia says warning shots deter UK warship; London denies it

Russia says warning shots deter UK warship; London denies it

A Russian warship and jet interceptor fired warning shots and dropped bombs across the path of a British warship on Wednesday afternoon, according to claims from a Moscow-based news agency.

The Defense Ministry said it summoned the United Kingdom military attache in Moscow to protest the British destroyer's "dangerous move" as a "crude violation" of global maritime law.

Britain's Ministry of Defence has denied the incident even took place in a statement received by Breitbart London, asserting that HMS Defender was on a "routine transit" on a direct route between Ukraine and Georgia and was in Ukrainian waters.

Ukraine had been free to navigate the Kerch Strait - of crucial importance to Kiev for exporting grain and steel - along with Russian Federation until 2014, when Moscow claimed full control of the waterway after annexing Crimea.

According to the military, the British warship was warned that deadly force would be used if it violated Russia's borders. "It did not react to the warning", it said.

"No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path".

The UK instead said it believed the "Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity". Earlier this month, the MoD indicated that it would be closely watching NATO's annual "Sea Breeze" drills, involving Ukrainian and alliance forces, including 4,000 servicemen, 40 warships, and 30 aircraft, once they kick off on 28 June.

But the MoD rebutted the reports saying: "No warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender". "It's incorrect to say either that it was sacked on or this ship was in Russian waters".

HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, is part of the U.K. Carrier Strike Group now heading to the Indo-Pacific region.

The Royal Navy said earlier in June that HMS Defender "peeled away" from the U.K.'s carrier strike group in the Mediterranean "to carry out her own set of missions in the Black Sea".

"Russia is in a very, very hard spot right now", he said. In a tweet, he called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to co-operate with Ukraine in the Black Sea.

"Moscow likewise reacted politically (in its own way), first spoofing Global Positioning System signals to try and present Defender and a Dutch frigate as aggressively heading straight for the Russian Black Sea Fleet base at Sevastopol. and now claiming - as they have in the past - to have "driven" the Royal Navy away by aggressive operations", he added.

Relations continued to decline following Russia's annexation of Crimea, with further incidents including its intervention in Syria 2015 and its alleged meddling in the 2016 and 2020 US elections. The Russian military closely monitors any and all movement by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships in the Black Sea, and has the technical means to watch all alliance activity in the body of water.

Western countries consider the peninsula part of Ukraine and reject Russia's claim to the seas around it.

Speaking earlier Wednesday via video to participants of a Moscow security conference, President Vladimir Putin expressed concern about the deployment of NATO's forces near Russian Federation.

" something that was born in the Cold War area", he said.

"We aren't striving for a decisive, unilateral military advantage to tip the balance of forces in our favor", Putin said.

RIA Novosti reported that the Russian Defense Ministry summoned Britain's military attache following the incident.