Russia said Wednesday that it had fired warning shots at a British fighter jet off the coast of Britain, but Britain denied the allegations.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the HMS ombudsman had infiltrated 3 km of SE sea waters, which Russia claims near the peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The British Ministry of Defense denied that any shots were fired directly at the ship.
The British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that HMS Defender on Wednesday morning made a “normal transit” from Odessa by sea to Georgia to Georgia.
“As usual for this route, [the destroyer] entered the internationally recognized march separation corridor. He left the corridor safely at BST 0945. “As usual, Russian ships overshadowed his passage. He was informed of training in his vicinity,” Wallace said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that after the HMS Defender did not respond to the threat of Russian fire, the Coast Guard fired warning shots at it.
Minutes later, the Russian Navy intercepted a Su-24M attack aircraft that dropped four explosive bombs on the ship’s path before its waters receded, according to the ministry.
The disputed demands come amid growing tensions between Russia and NATO. Many countries do not recognize Russia’s control of the waters adjacent to the river.
NATO countries have sent a number of warships to the region in recent years to show support for Ukraine, which has been criticized by Moscow.
In 2018, Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels trying to cross the Kerch Strait into an area under Ki control.
HMS Defender, which is part of the UK Carriers’ Strike Group, is in the North Sea this week as part of a military exercise to strengthen Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
The head of the Royal Navy met with the Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine in Odessa on Tuesday in a fighter jet to sign an agreement with Britain, which helps strengthen Ukraine’s naval capabilities.
The cooperation will include training of Ukrainian naval personnel, creation of new naval bases and two purchases of Sandown deminers.
The Ukrainian special forces were conducting joint exercises in HMS Defender, training the “unexpected capture of enemy ships” with their US and British counterparts, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba wrote on Twitter in response to Moscow’s claims that “Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in the Sea of Azov, its occupation and the militarization of the territory are a local threat to Ukraine’s allies.”