Russian Federation fires warning shots to deter United Kingdom warship in Black Sea

Russian Federation fires warning shots to deter United Kingdom warship in Black Sea

FILE - The Russian military says its warship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs to force the British destroyer from Russia's waters near Crimea in the Black Sea.

He charged that the British destroyer Dragon intruded into the Russian waters near Crimea in October, and the US destroyer John McCain violated the Russian border in the Sea of Japan in November.

HMS Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as three kilometres (two miles) inside, the ministry said.

Giving evidence to the Commons Defence Committee, Mr Wallace said: "Since I spoke, HMA Moscow has now been summoned to the embassy and obviously to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow".

However, the UK's defense ministry swiftly denied the incident's occurrence.

Firing was taking place, the MOD said, because the Russians were already undertaking pre-announced maritime gunnery and flight exercises in the area.

The UK Defence Ministry, however, claimed that no warning shots were fired at HMS Defender and that the ship was merely "conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide law".

"There have been warnings from Russian coast guard vessels, and indeed we have heard shots fired - we believe they were out of range", Beale said.
"The Royal Navy ship was conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide law".

Russian Federation said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British destroyer sailing in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea peninsula, which Russian Federation seized and annexed from Ukraine. The British warship was shadowed by Russian vessels, as is routine, he said, and "was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity".

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement that HMS Defender had been carrying out a "routine transit from Odesa towards Georgia across the Black Sea".

"As is normal for this route, she entered an internationally recognised traffic separation corridor", he said, in a statement shared by the ministry on Twitter.

"She exited that corridor safely at 0945 BST (0845 GMT)".

"Positioning two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships at the entrance of a major Russian naval base would be widely seen as a provocative action, based on conflicting claims of sovereignty", USNI News wrote.

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".

The Defender had recently been in Odessa, where British officials signed an agreement to boost Ukraine's naval capacity and British and Ukraine forces took part in exercises described as involving firefighting and damage control.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria all are on the Black Sea, but warships from the US, United Kingdom and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies also have made increasingly frequent visits there in a show of support for Ukraine.

Ukraine is struggling to rebuild its naval forces. "We need a new quality of cooperation between Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the Black Sea", he said.

"We call on the U.S. and its allies to stop military operations in the Black Sea".

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