Russian Foreign Ministry expresses decisive protest to UK envoy over Black Sea incident

Russian Foreign Ministry expresses decisive protest to UK envoy over Black Sea incident

All responsibility will rest entirely with the UK, should events, similar to the recent HMS Defender incident, happen again, Russian Foreign Ministry told UK Ambassador Deborah Bronnert, who was previously summoned to the Russian ministry.

"The Ambassador was presented with a decisive protest regarding the violation of the Russian border and the provocative and dangerous actions of the Royal Navy ship in the Russian territorial waters, which Russia views as a blatant violation of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. A special attention was drawn to the fact that, should similar provocations happen again, the responsibility for their potential consequences with rest entirely with the UK," Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Black Sea Fleet and the Federal Security Service border control service thwarted a violation of the Russian border by HMS Defender near Crimea’s Cape Fiolent. The destroyer reportedly traveled 3 kilometers into Russia’s territorial waters. A guard ship fired warning shots, followed by several bombs, dropped from a Su-24M plane ahead of the Defender, after which the destroyer left Russian waters. The Russian Defense Ministry viewed the destroyer’s actions as a blatant violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and called on London to investigate the actions of the crew.

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