MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. The Black Sea Fleet, jointly with the Border Guard Service, halted the violation of the Russian state border by a UK naval ship off Crimea, the Defense Ministry of Russia reported on Wednesday.
A guard ship of the Black Sea Fleet fired warning shots while a Su-24M bomber conducted preventing bombing, the ministry specified.
"At 11:52 on June 23 this year, the UK Navy’s guided missile destroyer Defender operating in the northwestern part of the Black Sea crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and moved 3 km into the territorial sea near Cape Fiolent," the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet jointly with the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia "halted the violation of the Russian state border by the UK Navy’s guided missile destroyer Defender," the statement says.
The UK warship received a warning that weapons would be employed, if it violated the Russian state border, but did not respond to it, the ministry said.
"At 12:06 and 12:08, the border guard patrol ship conducted warning fire. At 12:19, a Su-24M plane carried out preventing bombing (four OFAB-250 bombs) along the route of the guided missile destroyer Defender," the statement says.
At 12:23, following the joint measures by the Black Sea Fleet and the Border Guard Service, the UK Navy’s guided missile destroyer Defender left Russia’s territorial sea boundaries, the ministry said.
The UK Navy’s guided missile destroyer Defender was floated out in 2009. The warship can develop a speed of about 30 knots and operates various armaments, including Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers and short-and medium-range air defense systems.