Russia and the United Kingdom have been in a diplomatic conflict over alleged military skirmishes in the Black Sea. There are two opposing versions.
Moscow claims that a British destroyer entered its territorial waters off Crimea on Thursday afternoon. As a result, a Russian patrol fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs to drive the British destroyer out of the area.
But Britain denies everything at all.
In a tweet, the British Ministry of Defense said that“No warning shot was fired at the HMS Defender and that the Royal Navy ship was innocently passing through Ukrainian territorial waters, in accordance with international law.”
condemn “dangerous business” Moscow demanded that London investigate the incident through the voice of Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova:
“We consider this a blatant British provocation that goes against international and Russian law. I also want to inform you that the British ambassador will be summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry,” he added.
Skirmishes involving Russian aircraft or ships are not rare in this region, especially in times of tension with the West, but warning shots, if confirmed, would be the first.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitro Koleba, on Twitter to see in this incident an extension of “Aggressive and provocative policies” From Moscow to the Black and Azov Seas.
This incident took place off the Ukrainian peninsula, Crimea, which Russia annexed in March 2014. Moscow has a naval base there, and its waters have been subject to several accidents in the past.
In recent months, Russia has conducted several military exercises in this region. It also temporarily deployed more than 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border and Crimea in April. This show of force had already led to strong tensions with the West.