Russian warship fires shots at Royal Navy in Black Sea
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Military insiders insist the Royal Navy did not enter Russian waters as a Russian warship and warplanes are believed to have been conducting military drills in the Black Sea in the path of a British warship. It comes as it is believed multiple projectiles landed nearby a Royal Navy destroyer while on patrol in the area near Ukraine. But MoD insiders have lambasted the Russian government for the exercise which they deem is in international waters.
Sky News correspondent Deborah Haynes said: “A defence source has just said to me that what actually happened is that it is incorrect that a Russian ship fired at the Royal Navy destroyer.
“But was actually conducting a gunnery exercise some three miles away.
“I think we are going to get a bit more clarity coming from the Ministry of Defence.
“We have not had a full statement from them yet we have been relying on what the Russian Defence Ministry has been saying.
“They have been quoted as saying that HMS Defender… which is in the area.. that it entered Russia’s territorial waters
“Clearly the annexation of Crimea and the sovereignty of the waters around that area are disrupted.
“Whatever the actual argument over the logistics of what happened, clearly it is provocative, even if the ship was not directly fired at as the Russian defence ministry is saying.
‘The fact that these Russian navy exercises were taking place so close to this Royal navy ship is going to be seen from the UK side as a provocation.”
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