"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.
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.