Russia Warship Claims ‘Inaccurate,’ Raab says

Russia Warship Claims ‘Inaccurate,’ Raab says

No shots were fired on a British destroyer in the Black Sea, and Russia’s explanation of the incident was “predictably inaccurate,” British Secretary of Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Dominic Raab said.

Andrew H. Sweet

Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of the Royal Navy destroyer, the HMS Defender, to chase it out of waters Moscow claims in the Black Sea off the Crimean Peninsula.

“No shots were fired at HMS Defender,” Raab told reporters in Singapore during a visit to discuss trade deals.

“The Royal Navy ship was conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters. We were doing so in accordance with international law, and the Russian characterization is predictably inaccurate,” he added.

Britain has played down the incident.

Russia seized and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and considers areas around its coast to be Russian waters. Western countries deem the Crimea to be part of Ukraine and reject Russia’s claim to the seas around it.

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