The situation with the British HMS Defender near Fiolent cape in annexed Crimea was the demonstration of the importance of the international right as BBC reported citing Ambassador of the UK in Ukraine Melinda Simmons.
“If we look at the consequences, the main important is that it showed the importance of the international right. When the British vessel followed the internationally recognized routes; it showed: the international naval law and it made this passage possible,” she said.
According to Simmons, the passage of Defender where nobody would pass showed that it is the internationally recognized route to use it in peaceful goals.
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 was warned about the weapon used in case of the border violation, but they did not respond.
Later, the Ministry of Defense of the UK denied the fact of attack by the Russian military of its HMS Defender Defender near the coast of annexed Crimea. It was explained that the vessel held passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine.