Thursday June 24, 2021
“No options excluded”
Russia threatens British after Crimean incident
Russia and Britain are avoiding a military confrontation with Crimea, according to a BBC correspondent. In the eyes of both countries, the other party is to blame. Moscow also accuses London of lying – and urgently warns against “provocations”.
In the aftermath of the military incident in Crimea, Russia accused Great Britain of lying and warned against provocations. However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the British destroyer “HMS Defender” had moved legally into international waters. Russia said on Wednesday that the Russian warship had entered Russian waters and returned only after warning shots. Great Britain denied this.
“We believe this is a deliberate and deliberate provocation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. This must be done again and again, and if the provocations are to go far enough, “any option aimed at securing Russian borders cannot be rejected.” A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman accused London of “clear lies.” British Ambassador Deborah Bronnet was summoned to deliver a formal diplomatic reprimand.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov told Interfax that Russia would militarily defend its territorial integrity if necessary. The incident on the coast of the Crimean peninsula was a “serious moment”. Rybkov said Russia was warning all states against border violations and “similar provocative actions.” He said one should respect public knowledge and international law. “But if that doesn’t help, we can bomb – not only of course, but also at targets if our colleagues don’t understand.”
Citing the Ministry of Defense, Interfax said the “HMS Defender” had penetrated three kilometers into Russian waters. A Russian warship fired warning shots and an army jet fired a warning bomb. The incident took place on the Crimean coast in the Black Sea. Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and treats the area around the coast as Russian waters. Western nations, however, see Crimea as part of Ukraine and reject Russia’s claim to the regional waters surrounding them.
“These are Ukrainian waters”
Prime Minister Johnson said the important thing was that Britain did not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “These are Ukrainian waters and it is appropriate to use them to move from A to B.” The British Defense Ministry said no guns were fired in the direction of the ship and no bombs were dropped in its path. On the contrary, it is believed that the Russian side conducted weapons training and had advance warning. The British ship was also subject to international law.
A BBC correspondent for the British broadcaster said the “HMS Defender” was on board at the time of the incident and that the situation was “dramatic”. More than 20 aircraft and two Russian ships were sometimes within 100 meters of the British ship, and there were arrangements for a confrontation. Military experts say the incident exacerbated the conflict over sea routes between the West and Russia, regardless of what actually happened.