MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. Moscow will raise the issue of the incident in the Black Sea involving a British destroyer in the OSCE, Russian Permanent Representative to the organization Alexander Lukashevich told reporters on Thursday.
"We certainly will," he said, responding to a question on the issue. "Even in several formats."
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Black Sea Fleet, acting in cooperation with the border guard force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), stopped a violation of the state border by the British destroyer HMS Defender off Crimea's Cape Fiolent. The destroyer ventured three kilometers into Russia's territorial waters. A border guard patrol ship fired warning shots, and a Sukhoi-24M bomber dropped bombs ahead of the destroyer. After that, the HMS Defender left Russia's territorial waters.
The Russian Defense Ministry described the British warship's actions as a gross violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and urged London to investigate the crew's actions.