"We don't recognize Russian annexation of Crimea": Boris Johnson on incident involving UK warship

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Russia is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings, a senior Russian diplomat declared Thursday after a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters.

Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer HMS Defender on Wednesday to drive it away from waters near the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

Britain denied that account, insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon and said it was sailing in Ukrainian waters.

The incident marked the first time since the Cold War that Moscow acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, underlining the rising threat of military collisions amid Russia-West tensions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not say whether he had personally approved the Defender’s voyage but suggested the Royal Navy was making a point by taking that route.

“The important point is that we don’t recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, this is part of a sovereign Ukrainian territory,” Johnson told reporters Thursday during a visit to an army barracks in England. “It was entirely right that we should vindicate the law and pursue freedom of navigation in the way that we did, take the shortest route between two points, and that’s what we did.”

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38 comments

MetaView7 June 25, 2021 - 2:48 AM

Let's talk about Gibaltor, Falkland . . .

Wolfgang Von Zubaz June 25, 2021 - 2:49 AM

NATO wants to deny Russia of Sevastopol, that's what this is about folks. Sevastopol is one of Russia's few warm water ports. Denying Russia access to the sea puts them in check

Carmen Lajoie June 25, 2021 - 2:49 AM

Thank God RT 🇺🇸 can clarify whats really going on. Rule of law release Jullian Assange

Dmitry K June 25, 2021 - 2:49 AM

Russia could not care less of what UK recognizes or not. Crimea was/is/will always be Russian territory. It just went back home after 20+ years of being part of a country that did not exist prior to 1990 where Crimea was just given away, so to speak as a token of good will or something like that.

unglaubich uberlieber June 25, 2021 - 2:52 AM

boris johnson…go ahead sent in your "navy" to support ukraine and star a war…see
who will follow you ???

Andrew Ign June 25, 2021 - 2:57 AM

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

lostinthefogofwar June 25, 2021 - 2:57 AM

Boris doesn't recognize reality.

Man June 25, 2021 - 3:03 AM

Boris is a Chicom Agent
As are all the g7 leaders!!!
Long live trump
Long live Putin
Down with the globalists!

Man June 25, 2021 - 3:03 AM

Boris Johnson is such a fraud !!!
Stop voting for fake conservatives like him

CapAnson12345 June 25, 2021 - 3:04 AM

Well maybe not, but they have it nonetheless

Vicky Vicky June 25, 2021 - 3:04 AM

Go Boris !

Humanity Not Found June 25, 2021 - 3:04 AM

Doesnt recognize crimes in home country either, apparently

AndreiPietari June 25, 2021 - 3:07 AM

We don’t recognize British annexation Gibraltar and Falkland Islands – Putin

A G June 25, 2021 - 3:07 AM

If England violates Russia like that again I see something bad happening.

labelfree904 June 25, 2021 - 3:14 AM

I don't like boris or his party, but I wholeheartedly agree with this statement

Only Facts June 25, 2021 - 3:15 AM

It's time the world put a stop to Russian aggression!

I Own YOU! June 25, 2021 - 3:16 AM

Lol…you dont recognize?… No problem…..send another ship and have it run away with its tail between its legs again.

Andrew Gillum 2024 June 25, 2021 - 3:17 AM

My son won't fight for these woke clowns…

Tammi Merktz June 25, 2021 - 3:21 AM

Russia should be our partner in the war against the CCP who has POISONED the world. Stop looking for reasons to treat them like they're the enemy. Ukraine is a sideshow to a sideshow.

Jordan D June 25, 2021 - 3:22 AM

Recognize Minorities in Aegean and Pirin regions of Macedonia …

Salman Parveez9 June 25, 2021 - 3:25 AM

Chapper chudi

Dogmatic Agnostic June 25, 2021 - 3:25 AM

Lots of Russians on here pretending that they aren't stooges and tools of Putin and his kleptocracy.

John Webb June 25, 2021 - 3:30 AM

WW3 started

foret d'hiver June 25, 2021 - 3:37 AM

just because he doesnt recognize it, doesnt mean its not reality. lmao. sad.
worry about your own island bucko

363rs June 25, 2021 - 3:42 AM

No one cares what you recognize, crazy-hair clown. Russian Minister of defence clearly mentioned: one more short brained attempt like that, Russians will bomb to destroy you, unlike last time when they just warned you.

Mikhail P June 25, 2021 - 3:43 AM

Who cares weather you recognize or not…

cornstar June 25, 2021 - 3:46 AM

Why the hate? Russian affairs aren't your business. I don't recognise your ridiculous lockdowns and masking rules.

Y June 25, 2021 - 3:46 AM

Does NATO actually think a nuclear war is survivable?

Maple' Jaeger June 25, 2021 - 3:47 AM

Russians and Crimeans be like: "Um okay…..and?"

ken munro June 25, 2021 - 3:48 AM

NATO IS JUST A GANG OF THUGS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OFF THE WORLDS BULLIES RATHER THEN UPHOLDING WORLD PEACE.

S. Munro June 25, 2021 - 3:54 AM

Keep that in mind when Russia show up in the Irish sea failing to acknowledge England's Annexation of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Kalam Khan June 25, 2021 - 3:54 AM

Boris must complain to the usa eu and can attack Russia like Syria Iraq Libiya and afganistan

Pteropticon June 25, 2021 - 3:55 AM

Next time, shoot back 😡

Pteropticon June 25, 2021 - 3:55 AM

Next time, shoot back 😡

Kalam Khan June 25, 2021 - 3:55 AM

The uk must get Russia is not a Syria Iraq Libiya and afganistan

Kalam Khan June 25, 2021 - 3:56 AM

Putin is not from middle East

kikasige June 25, 2021 - 3:56 AM

Next time send the British ship little bit more inside Russian territorial waters and let’s see what happens

wayne June 25, 2021 - 3:58 AM

Democratic, if listen to you; otherwise, autocratic. Really?