On June 23, the HMS DEFENDER missile destroyer of the British Royal Navy blatantly violated Russian maritime frontier and entered Russian waters in the Black Sea.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the British destroyer crossed the state border of Russia at 11: 52 and entered the territorial sea near Cape Fiolent in the vicinity of Sebastopol.
“The destroyer was previously warned about the use of weapons in case of violation of the state border of the Russian Federation. I did not respond to the warning, ” the ministry said in a statement received by RT.
The British Navy warship penetrated into Russian territorial waters not for 3 kilometers that was not a navigation accuracy.
In response, at 12:06 and 12:08, the Russian border patrol ship opened a warning fire.
As the British warship did not change its course, at 12: 19, the Su-24m aircraft performed a warning bombing ahead the Defender’s course. According to the reports, Russian jets dropped OFAB-250 aerial bombs.
The drop of bombs of full charge from a Russian attack aircraft apparently frightened the British, so that they did not dare to take any retaliatory actions and immediately left Russian waters.
Such a flagrant violation of international maritime laws might likely be a failed provocation of the British Navy.
There is a high probability that the British intended to provoke a coast guard ship to open a machine-gun fire and waited so that it hit Defender’s hull. This would allow the British to respond by hitting the Russian ship. Since the Russians’ fire was likely accurate and did not hit the British destroyer, the British continued the provocation, going deeper into Russian territorial waters.
The air bombing probably was not part of the British plan.
Today’s accident is the first strike with the use of aircraft bombs on the course of a British ship carried out by the Russian military forces in recent history.
Even during the most acute phases of the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the USSR, such provocations were rather an exception.