British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies that the destroyer HMS Defender, on which Russian troops allegedly opened warning fire near the occupied Crimea, violated the borders of the Russian Federation.
This is reported by the Mirror.
вЂњI believe that international waters were used correctly. An important point: we do not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea вЂ” it is part of the sovereign Ukrainian territory. We have defended the law before and sought freedom of navigation вЂ” and this time we chose the shortest path between two points, вЂњ Johnson said.
He recalled that the British ship is participating in the international military exercises Sea Breeze 2021 together with military vessels of 40 other countries. In this way, the allies defend their common values.
вЂњThis includes democracy, human rights, equality, the rule of law, and freedom of navigation. We do not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, it is illegal. These are Ukrainian waters вЂ” it was absolutely right to use them to pass from point вЂњ a вЂњto pointвЂќ bвЂќ, вЂ” Boris Johnson added.
Recall that in Britain, they denied the statements of the Russian military that warning shots were fired at HMS Defender.
Despite this, the Minister of Defense of the United Kingdom, Ben Wallace, has already stated that his country's fleet will not be prevented from sailing off the coast of the Crimea occupied by Russia.