Russia Fires ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea
A Russian fighter jet and border guard ships have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia’s borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, state media reported Wednesday.
The Russian Navy’s Su-24 attack aircraft performed the airstrike along the path of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender destroyer to “stop” it from further maneuvers, the state-run TASS news agency cited the Defense Ministry as saying.
The HMS Defender “did not respond to a warning” about the use of weapons in response to its movements, the Defense Ministry was quoted as saying.
The Royal Navy said earlier in June that HMS Defender “peeled away” from the U.K.’s carrier strike group in the Mediterranean “to carry out her own set of missions in the Black Sea.”
Russian Senator Sergei Tsekov, in comments to state-run RIA Novosti, decried the warship’s movements as a “flagrant violation of international norms.”
RIA Novosti reported that the Russian Defense Ministry summoned Britain’s military attache following the incident.
This story is being updated.
The Moscow Times