Incident in Black Sea: HMS Defender captain claims Russian Navy vessel fired warning shots

Source : 112 Ukraine

PM Johnson said the British vessel used the international waters, it was a totally acceptable decision
19:20, 24 June 2021

Vincent Owen, the captain of HMS Defender claimed that the Russian naval vessel fired warning shots during the incident that took place on June 23. Daily Mail reported that, citing the officer.

"That is the closest I have come to a Russian vessel in my 21-year career. I suspect the gunfire was from one of the coastguard vehicles", Owen said.

In turn, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson added that HMS Defender was staying in the international waters of the Black Sea, near the Crimean peninsula.

"I believe it was completely acceptable to use the international waters. It is important to point out that we do not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia. These are Ukrainian waters, and it was right to use them to get from point A to point B", he said.

Related: Russia says it fires warning shots at British HMS Defender near Crimea

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned there could be possible consequences. The officials stated that the incident with the British destroyer in the Black Sea was deliberate. Deputy Minister Aleksandr Grushko, the Western partners "have been spinning the spiral of face-off" with Russia.

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

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