Moscow said its military fired warning shots at a British destroyer.
Britain’s ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday in connection with an incident in which Russia said its military fired warning shots at a British destroyer in the Black Sea.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
Zakharova accused Britain of lying, which was allegedly contained in comments on the incident broadcast by state television.
Britain accused Russia of inaccurately describing the incident.
Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia will defend the inviolability of its borders through both diplomatic and military means.
“We can appeal to common sense and demand respect for international law. If that doesn’t help, we can bomb not just on course, but also on target, if our colleagues don’t understand,” Interfax quoted the official as saying.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow believes the British destroyer committed a provocation.
“Moreover, we regret the fact that it was a conscious and prepared provocation,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
“Russian border guards and Russian armed forces will continue to take a rather tough stance against such provocations strictly in accordance with international law,” Peskov said.
The British Defense Ministry said that the Defender did not violate borders, but was following an internationally recognized corridor. The shots fired at the ship, as reported by the British authorities, were mistaken by the crew for military exercises conducted by the Russian Navy.