On June 23, the HMS DEFENDER missile destroyer of the British Royal Navy entered Russian waters in the Black Sea, violating international maritime laws. The Russian border patrol ship was forced to open a warning fire. After that, the Russian Su-24m aircraft carried out a warning bombing ahead the Defender’s course.
You may read a more detailed chronology of events here: LINK.
Following the incident, the recording of the negotiations of the boar guard and the British destroyer was published online.
The British warship was warned that its dangerous actions threatened the safety of navigation in the area, but the destroyer disregarded the received orders and did not respond to them with any action.
From the very beginning of the negotiations, the style of communication of the Russians was close to the conscious humiliation of the British.
P.S.: Don’t be surprise to read soon in MSM that these Russians speaking were famous GRU agents Petrov and Bashirov.
Later the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry released the video showing the interception before the warning bombing. In total, four OFAB-250 aerial bombs were reportedly dropped from Russian Su-24m ahead of the Defender’s course.
What a coincidence, the BBC journalist was on Defender’s board.
BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale claimed that more than 20 Russian aircraft and two coastguard ships have shadowed a British warship sailing near Crimea.
“Our correspondent, who had been invited on board the ship before the incident happened, saw more than 20 aircraft overhead and two Russian coastguard boats which at times were just 100m (328ft) away”. -thee report reads.
Beale’s report confirmed that crossing Russian waters was an intentional provocation and not an accident:
“I am on board the warship in the Black Sea.
The crew were already at action stations as they approached the southern tip of Russian-occupied Crimea. Weapons systems on board the Royal Navy destroyer had already been loaded.
This would be a deliberate move to make a point to Russia. HMS Defender was going to sail within the 12 mile (19km) limit of Crimea’s territorial waters. The captain insisted he was only seeking safe passage through an internationally recognised shipping lane.”
Following the blatant provocation, the British ambassador was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow.
Вespite all the evidence, the British prime minister’s office and defence ministry denied any confrontation and made unexpected claims, blaming on ”another Russian military exercises”.
We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity.
No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path.
— Ministry of Defence Press Office (@DefenceHQPress) June 23, 2021
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace added: “As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed [the ship’s] passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity.”
Comments from official London are obvious and easily explained: the British did not expect such a fierce reaction from the Russian side and they have nothing left but to deny their shameful retreat.
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