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Russian Federation says it fired warning shots at British warship

Russia Fires 'Warning' Shots at British Warship Near Crimea Russia Fires Warning Shots At British Ship In Black Sea, UK Denies It
Cary Erickson | 23 June, 2021, 20:38

The UK's HMS Defender had trespassed as far as 3km across Russian borders, Moscow said, but left the waters soon after the incident.

The U.K. denied claims by Russian Federation that one of its warships fired warning shots at a British destroyer in the Black Sea.

However, the UK's Ministry of Defence said no Russian warning shots were fired and it did not recognise assertions that bombs were put in the vessel's path.

According to Russian defence ministry, the incident took place off the coast of Cape Fiolent on Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Britain's Ministry of Defense denied the Defender had been fired on or was in Russian waters, but had been in Ukrainian waters. The Russians said this, too, was a "warning".

The U.K. Ministry of Defense said it was aware of the reports but had no immediate comment.

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

Incidents involving Western aircraft and ships are not uncommon at Russia's borders, especially during heightened tensions with Washington, Brussels and London, but rarely result in open fire.

He emphasized that Britain, and much of the global community, does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea. It returned the crew and the boats the following year.

In a tweet, he called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to cooperate with Ukraine in the Black Sea.

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The U.S. Naval Institute's news website had reported Monday that HMS Defender's and another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warship's open-source intelligence data was faked to make it appear as if they sailed directly to the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

However, it was announced earlier this month that it would be temporarily breaking away from the group to carry out its "own set of missions" in the Black Sea.

The warship was in the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa earlier this week, according to the British embassy in Ukraine.

Speaking on Wednesday just before the incident, General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, sharply criticised the deployments of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships near Russian waters. "It creates preconditions for incidents and doesn't help ease tensions in the military sphere".

The Russian statement had claimed: "The destroyer was warned in advance that weapons would be fired in case of a violation of the Russian state border".

In April, Russia imposed restrictions on foreign navy ships' movements near Crimea until November in a move that drew strong complaints from Ukraine and the West.

Moscow withdrew some of its forces after sweeping manoeuvres but Ukrainian officials said the bulk of them remained.

Speaking earlier Wednesday via video to participants of the security conference, President Vladimir Putin expressed concern about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces near Russian Federation. We presume that it is a military organisation.

"Nato.is something that was born in the Cold War area".

"Russia is in a very, very hard spot right now".