Russian Federation says stopped British destroyer trespassing in Black Sea

ODESA UKRAINE- JUNE 18 2021- HMS Defender of the Royal Navy arrives at the port of Odesa southern Ukraine

Russia's defence ministry, quoted by Interfax news agency, said the British ship had left Russian waters soon after the incident, having ventured as much as three kilometres inside.

According to Interfax news agency, the Russian Defense Ministry summoned the British defense attache in Moscow afterward.

Russian Federation said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British destroyer sailing in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea peninsula, which Russian Federation seized and annexed from Ukraine.

However, Britain's Ministry of Defence said no Russian warning shots were fired and it did not recognise assertions that bombs were put in its path.

The incident took place near Cape Fiolent, off the coast of Crimea.

However, the UK's defense ministry swiftly denied the incident's occurrence. "It did not react to the warning", it said.

The British Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Russian Defence Ministry has released a video showing a Russian SU-24M jet flying over the HMS Defender in the Black Sea.

Relations have been deteriorating for years, notably with Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its 2015 intervention in Syria and USA charges - denied by Moscow - of meddling in the 2016 election that brought Donald Trump to the White House. It returned the crew and the boats the following year. In a tweet, he called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to co-operate with Ukraine in the Black Sea.

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The Royal Navy destroyer has been in the Black Sea region as part of the Air Maritime Integration training with the UK's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts.

It was announced earlier this month that it would be temporarily breaking away from the group to carry out its "own set of missions" in the Black Sea.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria border the Black Sea.

Speaking on Wednesday just before the incident, General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, sharply criticised the deployments of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships near Russian waters.

"The moves by warships of the USA and its allies have been clearly provocative", Gerasimov said at an worldwide security conference in Moscow organized by the Defense Ministry. "It creates preconditions for incidents and doesn't help ease tensions in the military sphere". This is especially the case where one piece of water is claimed by more than one country. Moscow withdrew some of its forces after sweeping maneuvers, but Ukrainian officials say that the bulk of them have remained.

Earlier on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was "concerned" about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation build-up near Russian borders. We presume that it is a military organisation. "But we will never allow anyone else to tip that balance".

He said "the world is rapidly sinking in a new confrontation, which is much more risky than during the Cold War times".

"Russia is in a very, very hard spot right now", he said.

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