January 8, 2018 – FRN –
A Westminster British Navy escort was sent to the English Channel to escort a group of Russian warships, the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom reported.
This happened after Russian vessels entered “the zone of national interests” of the country, the official spokesman said.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain notes that what is happening can not be called an incident, and sending an escort ship is a routine procedure in such cases.
This is not the first such case in recent times. In late December, a Tyne Navy vessel was sent to escort a Russian liner in the English Channel, which, in the opinion of the British side, could be collecting intelligence information.
Two days later the British frigate St. Albans accompanied the Russian ship “Admiral Gorshkov” when it was near British territorial waters in the North Sea. Then the Secretary of Defense of the United Kingdom, Gavin Williamson, stated that “he will not hesitate to protect the British waters and will not tolerate any form of aggression.”
In addition, in December, to monitor two Russian ships, Britain sent a Wildcat helicopter crew.
This practice is also used by the United Kingdom Armed Forces in the air. Several times a year their jets take off to escort Russian military aircraft approaching the borders of Britain.
The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stressed that all flights of Russian aircraft are carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.