Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the recent invasion of Russian territorial waters by a British destroyer in the Black Sea off the Crimean Peninsula was a military operation linked to the United States. Even after the summit meeting with US President Joe Biden on the 16th of last month, European media evaluated that tensions between the US and Russia showed no signs of easing.
According to the TASS news agency, President Putin said in an interview with the media on the 30th (local time), “When the British destroyer ‘Defender’ invaded Russian territorial waters on the 23rd of last month, it operated in conjunction with the United States.” He cited the fact that the US reconnaissance aircraft took off from a NATO airfield located in Greece around 7:30 a.m. on the day of the Defender invasion as the reason that the US was linked.
“The mission of the British Defender and the US reconnaissance aircraft is to determine what our military (Russia) countermeasures are in the event of an invasion of Russian territorial waters, and which military systems operate where, where, and how. did.
On the 23rd of last month, the Royal Navy destroyer Defender approached a point about 3 km off the coast of Crimea, Russia. Equipped with missiles, artillery and attack helicopters, the battleship is capable of simultaneously engaging 12 targets within a radius of 250 km. The Russian Navy issued a warning message saying, “Get out of our territorial waters,” but the Defender did not respond. A Russian border patrol boat then fired a warning fire, followed by a sortie by a Russian Sukhoi-24 fighter-bomber, dropping four bombs in the direction of the Defender. The defender turned the bow and exited the area without any counterattack. When asked about the risk of World War III due to the confrontation between Russian and British warships, Putin said, “If the Russian warships had sunk the British destroyer Defender, World War III would not have happened.” “The people who do it (the British) know that you can’t be a winner in this situation.” It is argued that even if Russia sank a British warship, Britain, knowing the level of Russian military power, would not have launched a counterattack for fear of escalation. Putin also criticized the US and other Western countries for continuing provocative actions while conducting military exercises near the Russian border. From June 28 to July 10, ‘Sea Breeze 21’ exercise, hosted by the United States and Ukraine, will involve 5,000 troops from 32 countries, 32 ships, and 40 aircraft.
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