An ever more serious incident between NATO and Moscow

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Warning shots were fired from a Russian Coast Guard ship, and bombs were dropped from a Su-24 military aircraft yesterday on the route of a British destroyer at Cape Fiolent in the Crimea on the Black Sea, causing the British destroyer to leave Russian territorial waters.

According to information from Moscow, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, together with the Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Guard, has returned a border violation ship.

According to the Russian military ministry, the Defender destroyer violated the border at 10:52 a.m. Central European Time in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, near Cape Fiolent, and penetrated three kilometers deep into Russian territorial waters. The British ship reportedly did not respond to the warning that a gun would be used against it. The patrol ship fired a warning shot at 11:06 a.m. and 11 a.m. 08 p.m., the warning bomb was fired at 11:30 a.m., and the British destroyer left Russian territorial waters at 11:19 p.m.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said yesterday afternoon that it had requested a military attaché from the British Embassy in Moscow over the border violation.

According to London, otherwise no warning shots were fired, and the British warship was proceeding on an internationally recognized route from Odessa to Georgia. Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov even before the incident, IX. warned at an international security conference in Moscow that the maneuvers of U.S. and allied warships near Russian borders were “obviously provocative in nature”.

– In this way, preconditions for incidents are created, which is not conducive to reducing military tensions

Gerasimov said.

The Chief of Staff complained that there had been a significant increase in naval activity in NATO countries near the Russian borders. “Ships equipped with long-range, high-precision missile weapons and reconnaissance, patrol and strike aircraft, as well as drones, operate in the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea on a virtually permanent basis,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Russian embassy in Washington on Twitter called on the United States and its allies to cancel the international military exercise to be held under the codename Sea Breeze – 2021 in the territory of Ukraine and the Black Sea Basin from June 28 to July 10. According to the mission, the size and “aggressive nature” of the maneuvers do not contribute to the security of the region,

“Increases the risk of unintentional incidents” and encourages Kiev’s “militaristic tendencies”.

Regarding the topic, Attila Demkó, a security policy expert and head of the MCC Geopolitical Workshop, told Index: there has never been such a serious incident between NATO and Russia.

Source: Magyar Nemzet by

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