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.
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".