Decision on British destroyer's passage near Crimea made by Johnson

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, the Prime Minister did not confirm the day before that this decision was made by him personally
12:13, 25 June 2021

The decision on the passage of the British destroyer HMS Defender near the coast of Crimea was taken personally by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This is reported by The Daily Telegraph.

The route was originally developed and proposed by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, but opposed by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Raab expressed concern about the Defense Ministry's plans and warned in advance that Moscow might try to use the Defender passage to its advantage.

Related: Russia's "warning shots" against British destroyer in Black Sea: What's happening and was there any shooting at all?

The resolution of the issue was then handed over to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after which the destroyer was instructed that it should make a peaceful passage through these waters.

However, the Prime Minister did not confirm the day before that this decision was made by him personally.

"These are a matter for the MoD but if you want my view I think it was wholly appropriate to use international waters. It was entirely right that we should indicate the law and pursue freedom of navigation in the way that we did, take the shortest route between two points, and that's what we did," Johnson said.

As we reported, Russian naval aircraft opened fire on a British ship in the Black Sea on June 23.

The Russian side claimed that HMS Defender entered Russia's territorial waters near cape Fiolent in the Black Sea. According to them, the incident took place at 11.52 a.m. Wednesday. The British crew were warned about the weapon used in case of the border violation, but they did not respond.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded to the incident. He demanded a new interaction of NATO with Ukraine in the Black Sea due to the “aggressive policy” of Russia in the Black Sea region.

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