Post by schwartzie on Jun 23, 2021 16:44:02 GMT -5
UK Army head warned of ‘unexpected’ Russia escalation before new spat: ‘We’ll be losers!'
THE UK was warned tensions with Russia could lead to an unexpected conflict, which Britain would lose, by the former head of the British Army long before the latest row over alleged warning shots from Moscow.
By KATE NICHOLSON
PUBLISHED: 19:05, Wed, Jun 23, 2021 | UPDATED: 19:06, Wed, Jun 23, 2021
The UK has refuted claims from Moscow that a Royal Navy ship was on the receiving end of warning shots in the Black Sea earlier today. The Ministry of Defence was responding to a statement from Russia that claimed a warplane had dropped four bombs close to the ship after it ventured two miles into Crimea's waters. The ship, HMS Defender, was sailing off the coast of the heavily disputed territory which is annexed by Russia.
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This is a route which was a “routine transit from Odessa towards Georgia across the Black Sea” using an “internationally recognised traffic separation corridor”, according to UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
He added “Russian vessels shadowed her passage”, and that the crew of the warship made those “in her wider vicinity” aware, while other defence sources note the Russians were undertaking gunnery practice and exercising aircraft in the area.
But, concerns over growing tensions with Russia have hit the headlines repeatedly in recent years, especially after alleged cyberattacks from Moscow and the furore over the Salisbury poisoning in 2018.