O navă militară rusă a tras focuri de avertisment asupra distrugătorului HMS Defender al Marinei Regale britanice care se afla in Marea Neagra.
Este un incident extrem de grav, unul care demonstreaza cat de agresiva si lipsita de predictibilitate este Rusia, in special in bazinul Marii Negre.
Focuri de arma rusesti asupra unei nave NATO inseamna o intentie de razboi si un comportament extrem de periculos.
Un astfel de incident, in conditiile in care Rusia pretinde la nava britanica ar fi intrat in apele teritoriale rusesti, ar fi trebuit rezolvat in alt fel, prin avertismente si dialog, nu prin focuri de arma.
HMS Defender a vizitat Ucraina in ultimele zile si a acostat in Portul Odesa.
Iata postarea din 18 iunie :
Russia Fires ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea
A Russian fighter jet and border guard ship have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia’s borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, state media reported Wednesday.
The Russian Navy’s Su-24 attack aircraft dropped four bombs along the path of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender destroyer to “stop” it from further maneuvers after a border patrol ship fired warning shots, the state-run TASS news agency cited the Defense Ministry as saying.
The HMS Defender “did not respond to a warning” about the use of weapons in response to its movements, the Defense Ministry was quoted as saying.
The British destroyer left minutes after the shots were fired, it said.
RIA Novosti reported that the Russian Defense Ministry summoned Britain’s military attache following the incident, which hasn’t yet been confirmed by London.
Russian Senator Sergei Tsekov, in comments to state-run RIA Novosti, decried the warship’s movements as a “flagrant violation of international norms.”
The Royal Navy said earlier in June that HMS Defender “peeled away” from the U.K.’s carrier strike group in the Mediterranean “to carry out her own set of missions in the Black Sea.”
The U.S. Naval Institute’s news website had reported Monday that HMS Defender’s and another NATO warship’s open-source intelligence data was faked to make it appear as if they sailed directly to the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
“Positioning two NATO warships at the entrance of a major Russian naval base would be widely seen as a provocative action, based on conflicting claims of sovereignty,” USNI News wrote.
Most countries still recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine.
Rob Lee, a doctoral student who follows Russian deployments at King’s College London’s war studies department, told The Moscow Times that Russia’s use of warning shots on a NATO vessel marks a “new” development.
“[Russia has] conducted some very aggressive naval and aerial intercepts, but this would be new. And certainly a much bigger deal than normal aggressive intercepts. I’m wary of saying unprecedented, but I can’t remember this happening as long as I have been following this,” Lee said.
“HMS Defender’s mission to the Black Sea was a political one — about projecting presence, supporting Kiev and reminding Moscow that its annexation was not forgotten or accepted,” tweeted Mark Galeotti, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and expert on Russian security affairs.
“Moscow likewise reacted politically (in its own way), first spoofing GPS signals to try and present Defender and a Dutch frigate as aggressively heading straight for the Russian Black Sea Fleet base at Sevastopol… and now claiming — as they have in the past — to have ‘driven’ the Royal Navy away by aggressive operations,” he added.
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