“This is of course a provocation, it is quite clear,” he said on a conference call on Wednesday. And Vladimir Putin. President Russia Refers to an event from last week. On June 23, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the army had fired warning shots near the British destroyer HMS Defender.
Vladimir Putin accuses the United States and Great Britain of provocation
According to TASS news agency quoted Putin, “the provocation was carried out not only by the British, but also by the Americans.” The Russian president said a US reconnaissance plane had taken off from a NATO airport in Greece before the British ship entered Russian waters.
Vladimir Putin was asked during the conference whether the incident would end with the risk of a world war. – of course not. Even if we sunk this ship, he said, it would still be hard to imagine that it would bring the world to the brink of World War III. As those responsible for this incident added, “They know they cannot emerge victorious from this war.”
The President of the Russian Federation argued that HMS Defender violated the territorial waters of Russia.
Russia: The army fired on the British ship HMS Defender
A week ago, a Russian Su-24 of the Black Sea Fleet was supposed to conduct a warning bombing near a British destroyer. According to the Russian state agency TASS, the British ship was to enter the borders of the Russian Federation, according to Moscow.
The accident took place in the Black Sea near Cape Violent in the Russian-annexed Crimea. In this region, Sevastopol is located, where the Russian base of the Black Sea Fleet is located.
Immediately after the incident, the British Minister of National Defense, Ben Wallace, informed the Parliament Defense Committee that the allegations of the Russian side were misleading. The British side argues that HMS Defender was in international waters.