Russia will have to respond harshly to repetition of London’s provocations near Crimea – Rossiyskaya Gazeta


If London’s provocations, similar to the incident with the destroyer Defender off the coast of Crimea, are repeated, it is possible that Russia will have to respond harshly. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Great Britain Andrei Kelin.

“Now it is already difficult to influence Russian-British relations, since they are driven into a dead end and are close to the freezing point, so I can’t imagine worsening them in some way. But nevertheless, if there is an escalation, if such provocations will be repeated , especially near the coast of Crimea, then I do not exclude the possibility that we will have to respond harshly enough. And the deterioration will go even further, “Kelin said on the air of the TV channel.Russia 24“.

Recall that on Wednesday, the destroyer Defender entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation without prior notice in the area of ​​Cape Fiolent (Crimea), which is closed for navigation by foreign ships. The vessel did not respond to radio warnings about the violation of the state border. After that, the Russian border ship fired warning shots, and the Su-24M fired “warning bombing” along the path of the destroyer. Later, the British Ministry of Defense and the government office said that the destroyer was not fired upon, and that it was not in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation. London insists that the ship was making an innocent passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law, and Russia at that time was conducting firing practice in the Black Sea.

Later, a report by the BBC correspondent Jonathan Beale, who was at that moment on board the destroyer, appeared on the network. In the video, in particular, one can hear the appeal to the crew of the ship by the Russian border guards in English, who demanded to leave the zone and warned that otherwise they would open fire. According to Beal, the destroyer deliberately entered the border waters of Russia.


Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

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