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Sensitive defense documents containing details of the British military were found at a bus stop in England, the BBC reported on Sunday.

The documents included plans for a possible British military presence in Afghanistan, as well as a discussion of Russia’s potential reaction to the voyage of the British warship HMS Defender into the waters off the Crimean coast last week, a the BBC said.

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The broadcaster said a member of the public who wished to remain anonymous contacted him when he found “the pile of documents _ about 50 pages in total _ in a soggy pile” on Tuesday behind a bus stop in Kent, south-east London.

The Defense Ministry said an employee reported the loss of the documents last week. He did not provide details of the incident or confirm that the documents were found at a bus stop.

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“The Defense Ministry was informed last week of an incident in which sensitive defense documents were recovered by a member of the public,” he said in a statement. “The department takes information security very seriously and an investigation has been launched. “

“It would be inappropriate to comment further. “

John Healey, the spokesman for the opposition Labor Party’s defense, said the incident was both embarrassing and disturbing.

“Ministers must be able to confirm to the public that national security has not been compromised, that no military or security operations have been affected and that the appropriate procedures are in place to ensure that no such happen again, ”he said.

HMS Defender shocked the Russian military on Wednesday when it sailed south of the Crimean Peninsula into an area of ​​the Black Sea that Moscow claims to be its territorial waters. Many countries, including the United Kingdom, do not accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea to Ukraine in 2014 and consider this area to be Ukrainian waters.

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Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots in response to the destroyer’s intrusion, but Britain denied this claim and said the warship was not in the area. Russian waters. The British Ministry of Defense said the ship was “making an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law”.

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The documents show officials held high-level talks ahead of Wednesday’s clashes over how Russia might react if HMS Defender sailed near Crimea, the BBC said.

© 2021 The Canadian Press



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