Warning Brit warships face difficult time if they enter Russian waters again

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation has claimed that it will be 'much more difficult' for British warships to pass through Russian waters.

The warning comes after Russia claims they fired 'warning shots' and 'dropped bombs in the path' of Britain's HMS Defender as it sailed near Crimea.

Ministry of Defence denied Russia's accounts of the incident and claim that "no warning shots were fired" as they carried out an "innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law."

But ambassador Andrei Kelin has stressed that the incident with the HMS destroyer was not an "innocent passage," but a demonstrative one, a Russian news network reports.

Kelin said: "We did not say that we would open fire, as some parliamentarians may have said, but next time it will be much more difficult for them, because this is not the first time a British warship has done this."

Putin called the incident with the HMS Defender a 'provocation'.

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The ship was sailing from Odessa in southern Ukraine to Georgia when it passed south of the Crimea peninsula – a location that had been taken over by Russia in 2014.

Moscow claim that the waters were Russian territory, but the UK claims it was sailing through waters in a commonly used and internationally recognised transit route.

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UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed [the ship's] passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity."

A source reportedly told the BBC that the ship was there to 'make a point' and to 'assert its right to freedom of navigation in international waters'.

Russia's defence ministry says the navy ship entering its waters were a "gross violation" and called the incident "dangerous".

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A tweet from the Russian embassy in the UK said: "HMS Defender turns HMS Provocateur and violates Russian border. Not exactly a 'routine' transit, is it?"

The BBC journalist onboard the ship during the incident reported hearing 'hostile warnings over the radio as the warship's crew prepared for a possible confrontation.'

He also said he saw more than twenty aircraft overhead and a pair of Russian coastguard boats that were just 100m away at times.

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