Russia Today reports that the Russian Foreign Ministry submitted a protest note to British Ambassador to Moscow Deborah Bronnet after a Russian ship crossed Russia’s state border in the Black Sea on Wednesday.
The Russian ministry said in a statement that the British ship’s actions were not only “provocative and dangerous” but also a “blatant boycott of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”.
“Particular attention has been paid to the fact that in the event of further provocations of this kind, all responsibility for the possible consequences falls entirely on the British side.”
RT details that the British destroyer HMT Defender went into Russian waters about three kilometers near Crimea, which was dropped following a Russian naval alert fire.
The ship was initially warned about the use of weapons in case of crossing the Russian border, but “did not respond to this warning,” the ministry said Wednesday.
A BBC journalist made a call aboard the British ship, despite Russian warnings that the HMS Defender continued to sail through Crimean regional waters – ‘we were less than 12 miles and even saw the coast’ – before returning to Georgia with international water.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Thursday that the HMS Defender was “absolutely perfect” for navigating the waters around Crimea and that the route was “absolutely appropriate”.
“This is not my information. I understand that the attack team proceeded as expected through international waters and in accordance with the law,” the head of state said.