Russia ‘fires warning shots at British warship’
A Russian patrol ship and fighter jet fired warning shots towards a British destroyer in the Black Sea, reports in Russia say.
The Interfax news agency quoted the defence ministry as saying that HMS Defender entered Russian territorial waters near Crimea.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has not yet commented.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 but this has not been recognised internationally.
HMS Defender changed course after the warning shots, Moscow said. It said the incident happened near Cape Fiolent in the south of Crimea.
A patrol ship fired twice and the Su24-M jet dropped four bombs in its path.
The British embassy’s defence attaché has been summoned to the Russian defence ministry, Interfax quoted the ministry as saying.
HMS Defender is a Type 45 destroyer that is part of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group. It is carrying out missions in the Black Sea, according to the Royal Navy’s website.