MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. Russian border guards will continue maintaining their hard-line stance in regard to possible future provocations, similar to the one involving a UK naval ship in the Black Sea, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
The Defense Ministry of Russia reported on Wednesday that the Black Sea Fleet, jointly with the Border Guard Service, had halted a violation of the Russian state border by a UK naval ship off Crimea.
"The Russian Border Guard Service and the Russian Armed Forces will continue maintaining their hard-line stance strictly in line with the international law against such provocations," Peskov told journalists.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on June 23 that 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." A guard ship of the Black Sea Fleet fired warning shots while a Su-24M bomber conducted preventing bombing, the ministry specified.
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.