The United Kingdom and Russia are still arguing publicly a day later over an alleged incident involving a British destroyer in the Black Sea. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the ship’s course, while the Russians accused the UK of “unacceptable provocation” and lies.
Russia announced Wednesday The British destroyer HMS Defender was chased off the coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. The British do not recognize the annexation. “This is Ukrainian water,” Johnson reiterated today. It states that no laws have been broken. “It was right to use it to move from one place to another. The ship had all the rights.”
Russia also claims that a patrol ship fired warning shots and an attack plane dropped four bombs, but the British dispute this. According to the government in London, Russia was engaged in targeting practice and ships in the area were notified in advance. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described the Russian version of the story as “predictably inaccurate”.
The Russians believed that the alleged incident had been lied to and summoned the British ambassador to Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has warned that nothing will be left out in the defense of Russia’s borders if “unacceptable provocations” occur again and again.
“The inviolability of the Russian borders is an absolute necessity,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in response. He adds that the borders will be protected by all possible means “diplomatically, politically and militarily if necessary”.
When asked about Russia’s response in the event of a similar incident occurring again, Rakabkov replied that “common sense and respect for international law are subject to appeal.” If that doesn’t help, we can drop bombs. Not only in the orbit of the ship, but also on the target itself if colleagues do not understand the message. ”
The Black Sea incident further strained relations between London and Moscow, but Johnson said it was not at all low. The PM says he remembers that relationships were much worse at times in his life.
After all, the relationship has been strained for years. The British government accuses Russia of, among other things, the fatal poisoning of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 and the toxic attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in 2018. Moscow has denied the accusations.
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