Russia has warned it will bomb British ships the next time it enters the Black Sea after firing warning shots at a Wednesday.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned on Thursday that his country would no longer fire warning shots at British ships entering the waters near Crimea. Reuters reported.
“We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law, and if that does not work, we can bomb,” Ryabkov told Russian media.
Future bombs would be placed “on target”
The situation arose when a Royal Navy destroyer Defender traveled in the Black Sea in waters that Russia claims to belong to, but the rest of the world disputes its jurisdiction over the area.
The area is disputed because Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine in a move not recognized by most other countries.
“These are Ukrainian waters and it was absolutely right to use them to go from A to B,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Reuters.
Johnson said the ship sailed from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to the Georgian port of Batumi and denied Russia’s report on the situation, claims that there were no warning shots or bombs from Russia and that the ship was in compliance with international law.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Russia used unsafe air maneuvers close to Britain’s ship, Reuters noted.
“The Royal Navy will always uphold international law and will not accept illegal interference in innocent passage,” Wallace said.