A spokesman for the Russian president Dmitriy Peskov expressed concern over a statement by British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab about his intention to continue activities in Ukraine's territorial waters. Peskov called relations between the states 'frozen', as Kommersant writes.
"Currently, in fact, relations between the two countries are in such a frozen state. Of course, such a statement is of concern to us," Peskov said during a press call.
The spokesman pointed that whenever "Russia's territorial borders" are violated, the authorities will take the necessary protection measures.
Mr. Raab noted that the ships of the British navy would continue to enter the waters of Ukraine during his speech to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom Parliament. "We had right to make such a peaceful transit through the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law. We will continue to act in the same way," he said.
As it was reported earlier, in late June, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported an incident with warning shots fired at the British HMS Defender near Fiolent Cape in annexed Crimea. According to the Russian side, the ship violated the "territorial waters of the Russian Federation" for 3 km. The British side denied this information, explaining that the destroyer was carrying out routine transit.