United Kingdom denies Russian Federation fired warning shots at Royal Navy destroyer

Russia Fires 'Warning' Shots at British Warship Near Crimea

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry, described the British warship's action as "dangerous" and "a blatant British provocation going against worldwide and Russian laws", she said.

"HMS Defender's mission to the Black Sea was a political one - about projecting presence, supporting Kiev and reminding Moscow that its annexation was not forgotten or accepted", tweeted Mark Galeotti, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and expert on Russian security affairs.

"No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path", the statement said.

He added: "She exited that corridor safely at 0945 BST".

"As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed her passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity", Wallace was quoted as saying by BBC.

HMS Defender is a Type 45 destroyer that is part of the UK's Carrier Strike Group and is now heading towards the Indo-Pacific region.

The broadcaster's defence correspondent said "there have been a lot of warnings from the Russian military, both vessels and also up above with aircraft".

"The moves by warships of the USA and its allies have been clearly provocative", General Gerasimov said at an worldwide security conference in Moscow organised by the Russian Defence Ministry.

The MoD said the Russians were carrying out a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided prior warning of their activity.

Beale claimed that HMS Defender did not deviate from its course and continued its journey "almost within 12 miles of Crimea". Defender was legal at all times in terms of innocent passage.

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"These small patrol boats were being outpaced so they fired into the distance, using small guns".

The source added that the Royal Navy believed there were no bombs or ordnance deployed by the Russian Navy, adding that it seemed that the "Russians are lying".

Nope, said Britain's Defense Ministry.

Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former Royal Navy officer, told The Telegraph: "This appears to be a classic Russian disinformation campaign".

Ukraine is struggling to rebuild its naval forces. "We're basically restructuring their armed forces". "They particularly don't like us near Sevastopol [Russia's Black Sea naval base]".

Earlier this year, Russian Federation also beefed up its troops near the border with Ukraine and warned Ukrainian authorities against using force to reclaim control of the country's east, where a conflict with Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 14,000 people in seven years.

The U.S. Naval Institute's news website had reported Monday that HMS Defender's and another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warship's open-source intelligence data was faked to make it appear as if they sailed directly to the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

In a tweet, he called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to cooperate with Ukraine in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the incident showed that Russia's "aggressive and provocative policies" in the Black Sea and nearby Azov Sea constituted a "continuous threat to Ukraine and its allies".

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