The Russian Defense Ministry summoned the defense attaché to the British embassy after British officials dismissed allegations that Russia fired at a Royal Navy destroyer.
The feud began on Wednesday morning when Russian defense officials claimed that a border patrol vessel fired at HMS Defender after it entered Black Sea territorial waters.
Additionally, a Su-24M fighter jet allegedly dropped four bombs near the ship, Sky News reported. The exchange may have taken place near the Crimean coast.
The British Defense Army immediately rejected the claims, stating instead that no warning shots were fired and no bombs were dropped near the warship.
“The Royal Navy ship is making an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international warfare,” the ministry tweeted. “We believe the Russians were undertaking an artillery exercise in the Black Sea and warned the maritime community of their activity. ”
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“No fire was directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognize the claim that bombs were dropped in its path. “
Russian officials responded to the UK’s reprimand by summoning the defense attaché.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace appeared before the Commons Defense Committee, apparently confirming that crew members heard “training noises” but nothing within “visual range”.
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He also claimed that Russia had previously made false claims that British ships were being driven from the Black Sea.
“These are the things that come and go with Russia. Misinformation, misinformation is something that we have seen regularly. We’re not surprised by this, ”Wallace said. “We are anticipating this and we are taking every step to make sure that we are not escalating or provoking.
“As usual for this route, it entered an internationally recognized traffic separation corridor,” Wallace said in a public statement. “She got out of that hallway safely at 9.45am BST. As usual, Russian ships monitored her passage and she was briefed on training exercises in her wider neighborhood. “
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Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine in 2014, a decision that has not been recognized by most countries of the world. Russia has often been irritated by visits by NATO warships to the Black Sea, calling them destabilizing, even though NATO members Turkey, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria are all on the fence. the black Sea.
This is a developing story.
Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News contributed to this report.