The incident with the British destroyer Defender in the Black Sea can be called another provocation, which is carried out in a more brutal form each time. This was announced on Sunday, June 27, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“In fact, I don’t know what exactly London wanted to demonstrate, but it really showed the whole world another provocation and a portion of lies to cover up this provocation. This is not the first time this has been done; it is being done more and more rudely and disastrously each time, ”the diplomat said in an interview with REN TV.
On June 23, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, together with the border service of the FSB of Russia, stopped the violation of the Russian state border by the British destroyer Defender. The ship crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and entered the territorial sea in the area of Cape Fiolent for 3 km.
The Russian Defense Ministry regarded the incident as a gross violation of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and called on the British side to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions of the Defender crew.
In turn, the British Ministry of Defense said that the destroyer was making an innocent passage through the allegedly territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law.
Later, the BBC broadcaster provided excerpts from the documents of the United Kingdom Department of Defense, which relate to the passage of the destroyer Defender near Crimea. It was clarified that a folder with documents, consisting of printouts from emails and a computer presentation, was accidentally found by a passer-by at a bus stop in Kent. He gave the documents to journalists.
According to the broadcaster, the folder belonged to a senior defense official. The documents contained information that the UK, having decided to navigate the ship near the Crimean coast, wanted to show that it supports Kiev, and London is not afraid to use the waters that it considers to belong to Ukraine.
However, the publication was ridiculed by Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov. He believed that the leak was an attempt to attract the attention of the British public.