Russia announced that its forces had intercepted an American reconnaissance plane and fired warning fire at a British destroyer in the Black Sea, and that it would summon Britain’s ambassador to it. It also hinted at its readiness to use nuclear weapons in response to any military aggression.
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The Ministry of Defense said – in a statement – that the British destroyer penetrated the Russian territorial waters at a depth of 3 km, and that it did not respond to the Russian warnings.
The Russian Defense Ministry summoned the military attache at the British Embassy in Moscow, and called on Britain to “conduct an in-depth investigation” into the “dangerous behavior” of the destroyer’s crew.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry considered that the incident of the British destroyer in the Black Sea is a blatant British provocation that violates international law, and confirmed that it intends to summon the British ambassador.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Moscow said that the warning fire is an unprecedented measure, as Russia views the maneuvers, which NATO forces are preparing to conduct – in cooperation with Ukraine – in the Black Sea as a serious threat to its security.
These developments coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing his concern – at the opening of the Moscow International Security Conference – about what he considered the continuous strengthening of NATO’s military capabilities and the alliance’s infrastructure near the Russian borders.
On the other hand, the British Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter that “no warning shots were directed at HMS Defender,” stressing that “the Royal Navy vessel is making a simple transit in Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement that the British destroyer was carrying out a routine transit operation from Odessa towards Georgia across the Black Sea in the morning. I exited this lane safely at 9:45 BST.”
“And as is also customary, Russian ships escorted their crossing and were informed of training operations in their wider surroundings,” he added.
On the other hand, Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov said during his participation in the Moscow International Security Conference that Russia’s nuclear policy is defensive in nature, and it is an element of strategic stability, as he put it.
Gerasimov explained that Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons only to respond to the use of nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, as well as in the event of an attack on the Russian Federation using conventional weapons, which could threaten the very existence of the state, he said. .