UK denies Russian claims that it fired warning shots at Navy destroyer

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    Russian forces fired warning shots at a Royal Navy destroyer after it entered the country’s territorial waters in the Black Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed.

    A border patrol boat fired warning shots at HMS Defender and a Su-24M warplane dropped four bombs close to the ship, the Defence Ministry said in a statement reported by the Russian Interfax news agency.

    HMS Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as three kilometres (two miles) inside, the ministry said. The incident took place in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.

    However, Downing Street has said it is “incorrect” to say that the Navy destroyer was fired upon or that the ship was in Russian waters.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “HMS Defender was taking the most direct and internationally recognised route between Ukraine and Georgia.”

    He said the UK and other countries had been informed by Russia it was undertaking a “gunnery exercise” near to where HMS Defender was sailing.

    Read more here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/23/russia-claims-warship-has-fired-warning-shots-deter-british/

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