Britain Escorts Russian Ship Close to Nationwide Waters Amid Strained Relations

Britain Escorts Russian Ship Near National Waters Amid Strained Relations

HMS St Albans screens Russian warships as they move near UK territorial waters. (Reuters

LONDON:  A British ship escorted a Russian vessel because it handed close to UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain’s defence ministry mentioned on Tuesday, including that Russian naval exercise close to Britain had elevated within the vacation interval.

The frigate HMS St Albans departed on Dec. 23 to trace the brand new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov because it moved by the North Sea. The Royal Navy vessel monitored the Russian ship over Christmas and can return to dock in Portsmouth in a while Tuesday.

UK defence minister Gavin Williamson mentioned in a press release after the incident that he would “not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any type of aggression”.

Relations between Britain and Russia are strained, and UK international minister Boris Johnson mentioned there was “ample proof” of Moscow meddling in international elections throughout a visit to Russia final week. His counterpart Sergei Lavrov mentioned there was no proof for Johnson’s declare.

Whereas Johnson mentioned he desires to normalise relations with Russia, Moscow blames London for the poor state of relations between the international locations.

Britain’s defence ministry mentioned one other ship, HMS Tyne, was known as to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship by the North Sea and the English Channel on Christmas Eve. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to observe two different Russian vessels.

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