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Provocations such as UK warship will elicit tough response from Russia: RIA

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A British warship that Russia says illegally entered its territorial waters near Crimea last month is the kind of provocation that will elicit a tough response from Russia, the RIA news agency cited the Kremlin as saying on Sunday.

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The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender arrives in the Black Sea port of Batumi on June 26, 2021. HMS Defender, makes a port call in Batumi for joint exercises with the NATO-aspirant country’s coast guard, according to the Royal Navy, days after Russia claimed it had fired warning shots at the warship in the coastal waters of Crimea. (AFP)
The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender arrives in the Black Sea port of Batumi on June 26, 2021. HMS Defender, makes a port call in Batumi for joint exercises with the NATO-aspirant country’s coast guard, according to the Royal Navy, days after Russia claimed it had fired warning shots at the warship in the coastal waters of Crimea. (AFP)

Russia summoned the British ambassador in Moscow for a formal diplomatic rebuke after the warship, HMS Defender, breached what the Kremlin says are its territorial waters but which Britain and most of the world say belong to Ukraine.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

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