Russia Launches Mediterranean Drills With Hypersonic-Armed Jets At Moment UK Carrier Is In Area

Tensions between Russia and the UK and its Western allies are still on edge after Wednesday’s major Black Sea incident which saw a Russian warship fire warning shots and a warplane drop bombs in the path of the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender. The Kremlin said it chased the British vessel from its territorial waters near Crimea, which resulted in a major diplomatic crisis and for which London expressed “surprise” in terms of the speed of escalation.

Setting the stage for perhaps another incident, on Friday the Russian military initiated large-scale exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, specifically in the same eastern vicinity where a British carrier strike group is reported to be. Russia’s Defense Ministry released Friday footage of the drills in action, likely in part as a “warning” to UK assets in the region…