Russia claims firing warning photographs at UK destroyer

MOSCOW Russia claimed on Wednesday that it had fired warning photographs at a British navy destroyer within the Black Sea over an alleged violation of the nation‘s territorial waters, however the UK denied the incident had occurred.

Incidents involving Western plane and ships usually are not unusual at Russia’s borders, particularly throughout heightened tensions with Washington, Brussels and London, however hardly ever end in open fireplace.

The HMS Defender “was given a preliminary warning that weapons can be used if the state borders of the Russian Federation had been violated. It didn’t react to the warning,” the Russian defence ministry mentioned, based on Interfax information company. The ministry added that “a border patrol ship fired warning photographs” and a Su-24 plane dropped 4 bombs alongside the destroyer’s path. It mentioned that the ship then left Russian waters.

However the UK’s defence ministry swiftly denied that the incident had occurred. No warning photographs have been fired at HMS Defender. The Royal Navy ship is conducting harmless passage by Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide legislation,” the ministry mentioned.

London mentioned it believed Russia was “endeavor a gunnery train” and had supplied prior warning of its exercise. After saying that it had fired warning photographs at HMS Defender — a T45 destroyer — Russia’s defence ministry summoned Britain´s army attache, Interfax reported.

The defence ministry then launched an announcement denouncing the “harmful actions” of HMS Defender, describing the incident as a “gross violation of the UN conference” and calling on London to conduct an investigation.

In the meantime, international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned that Britain’s ambassador to Russia can be summoned over the incident. We qualify this as a gross British provocation that runs counter to worldwide legislation and Russian legislation.

Dated 18-06-2021

MOSCOW

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