Boris Johnson responds to Russia’s “shameless lies”: “It’s the bear”
Boris Johnson’s government has been warned that Russia will “hit the target” of any foreign warship testing its territorial claims in the waters off Crimea, following the clash in the Black Sea.
The Prime Minister said it was “quite normal” for the HMS Defender to be in the disputed waters, as No.10 denied Russia’s claims that warning shots were fired at the ship’s vessel. war and bombs dropped in its path.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the fire had taken place “out of the range” of the warship, while the Department of Defense (MoD) said an “artillery exercise” had been carried out in the region.
Lord Dannatt, former head of the British army, said Vladimir Putin “is testing the will of the West” with confrontation. “I’m a little surprised the Defense Ministry is playing it down,” he said – adding that the idea that the shots fired were just part of a shooting exercise was “codswallop”.
Cabinet Minister George Eustice said British warships would sail “of course” again in the disputed waters. “We never accepted the annexation of Crimea – it was Ukrainian territorial waters. “
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Liam JamesJune 24, 2021 3:46 PM
The UK ambassador warned: Don’t let this happen again
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had vigorously protested to Britain’s ambassador to Moscow against what it described as “the dangerous and provocative actions” of a British warship in the Black Sea. .
In a statement, the Foreign Office said it told envoy Deborah Bronnert that Britain would be fully responsible for all consequences if a similar incident happened again.
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 3:01 PM
“Russia tells the same old story about Western aggression”
Our columnist Keir Giles believes Moscow needs to tell its people two stories about the Black Sea incident – that it is threatened by a dangerous and aggressive West, but also that Russia itself is strong and can protect itself. Read more here:
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 2:49 PM
“It probably won’t be long before the next incident”
The independent columnist Cathy Newman says it won’t be long before the next confrontation with Russia.
The Channel 4 News host – who interviewed Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin last night – thinks it’s hard to imagine Russia abandoning its “pariah status” entirely despite the Geneva summit and the EU’s efforts to relaunch the dialogue.
“It certainly can’t be too long before the next diplomatic crash is looming,” Newman wrote in his latest article. Read more here:
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 2:13 PM
Russians fired “out of range”, Defense Secretary says
In a written statement to MPs, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Russian planes carried out “neither safe nor professional” maneuvers during the Black Sea incident.
Presenting details of the meeting, he said HMS Defender entered the traffic separation system seaway within Ukrainian territorial waters at 9:50 a.m. BST.
Ten minutes later, a Russian Coast Guard ship “warned that Russian units would shortly begin a live fire exercise.”
Eight minutes later, HMS Defender “noticed the fire from behind and out of range of position”. Wallace asserted that “this posed no danger to the HMS Defender”.
The Minister added: “The Royal Navy will always respect international law and will not accept unlawful interference with innocent passage. “
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 1:58 PM
No 10 supports the EU’s “engagement” with Russia
The UK-Russia dispute over the Black Sea comes as France and Germany seek to build bridges between Brussels and Moscow.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “It is Germany and France’s business … we will obviously support engagement with Russia in order to deliver tough messages and encourage behavior change. . “
He added: “We remain open to a different relationship, but for this to happen, the Russian government must choose another path. “
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 1:33 PM
EU must resume “dialogue” with Russia, according to Macron
The EU must resume dialogue with Russia to preserve the stability of the continent, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.
“We need a dialogue to defend our interests … it is a dialogue necessary for the stability of the European continent,” Macron said entering an EU meeting in Brussels which will discuss the relations of the bloc of 27 nations with Russia – and the possibility of a summit with Putin.
Macon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will try to persuade European leaders to restart regular meetings with Putin.
“We cannot remain in a purely reactive logic vis-à-vis Russia,” Macron said. “I hope that we can, with real European unity and coordination, have this… dialogue. “
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 1:14 PM
No 10 refuses to say if PM authorized the trip
Downing Street declined to determine whether Boris Johnson personally authorized HMS Defender travel.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The route taken was the most direct… The Royal Navy was making an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.
When asked if the decision on the route was made by Johnson, the spokesperson said: “I will not go into operational military decision making. “
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 12:43 PM
PM: “Absolutely right” for the UK to be in the waters off the Crimea
Boris Johnson said it was “quite normal” for HMS Defender to travel in the waters off the Crimea.
During a visit to New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, Johnson said: “These are questions from the Department of Defense, but if you want my opinion, I think it was entirely appropriate to use international waters. .
“And by the way, the important point is that we do not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, it is part of sovereign Ukrainian territory – it was quite right that we stand up for the law and practice the freedom of navigation of the way we did. “
When asked if relations with Russia were at a historically low level, the Prime Minister replied: “No… I remember times in my own life when things were much worse.
When asked if the UK was telling “blatant lies” about the Black Sea incident – as a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Office alleged – Johnson replied: “Well, they are the bear. “
Boris Johnson responds to Russia’s “shameless lies”: “It’s the bear”
Adam ForrestJune 24, 2021 12:16 PM
France and Germany want a European summit with Putin
Despite the great stalemate in the Black Sea, EU leaders will consider Thursday whether they wish to seek a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Emissaries for France and Germany on Wednesday proposed that holding a summit with Putin was a possible way to restore ties between close trading partners, following US President Joe Biden’s summit in Geneva.
Diplomats said there was a division over the idea. Some countries like Belgium have said they support the Franco-German initiative, while the Netherlands, Poland and the Baltic states have echoed a more widespread view that Putin should show goodwill.
“The conditions for a summit are not there and they are not there,” said a senior EU diplomat.