Russia released a video showing a coastguard ship warning the British warship it was violating the border, and firing warning shots. London had however denied that his ship had suffered warning shots.
“Do not cross the border”, “warning shots”, “acknowledge receipt”. Russia released a video showing a Russian Coast Guard vessel warning the destroyer of the Royal Navy British HMS Defender, whom he violated the border before firing warning shots in his direction, on June 23 in the Black Sea. The short video, released on June 24 by Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB), shows the confrontation between the Russian patrol vessel and the Royal Navy destroyer, which passed Cape Fiolent, near the town of Sevastopol in Crimea, according to Moscow. “If you don’t change course to starboard, I’ll fire,” the ship’s coastguard officer warned over the radio.
“You must immediately leave the territorial sea of the Russian Federation,” warns the Russian patrol vessel a second time. Then we hear the captain give the orders, in Russian, for two warning shots: “Warning shots, warning shots, take all precautions not to touch the ship”, we can hear in the video.
Moscow also claimed that at least one interceptor plane, a Sukhoi Su-24M fighter, dropped bombs on the route of the Defender as a warning, also taking care not to hit the British ship.
This video contradicts the version of London which had declared on June 23 that “no warning shot had been fired on the HMS Defender”And that his ship“ was simply making an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law ”.
A “deliberately prepared provocation” on the part of the British army, denounces Moscow
The UK considers Crimea – attached to Russia following a referendum in 2014 – to still be part of Ukraine. The Defender, who would have ventured up to three kilometers inside Russian waters on June 23 at 11:52 a.m. according to Moscow, would have finally left the area half an hour later.
Moscow said the same day that the military attaché to the UK embassy in the Russian capital had been summoned to the Defense Ministry, and that the British ambassador to Russia would be summoned. For his part, a correspondent for the British public broadcaster BBC reported that the UK ship he was on board had been “harassed” by the Russian fleet. Moscow, finally, demands that London investigate “the dangerous actions” of its ship in the Black Sea.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on June 24 denounced a “deliberately prepared provocation” on the part of the British army, assuring that “if these acts go too far, no option can be excluded to ensure protection. legitimate borders of the Russian Federation ”. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his part considered that his country did not recognize “the illegal annexation of Crimea to Russia”. “It was Ukrainian waters and it was quite fair to use it to get from point A to point B,” he told the BBC.