Russian President Vladimir Putin sparked conflict fears after issuing a warning relating to Nato’s military buildup.
Speaking to a convention on worldwide safety he said:
“Naturally, we must be concerned over the continuous build up of Nato military potential and infrastructure near Russian borders, as well as the fact that the alliance is refusing to consider constructively our proposals on de-escalating the tension and reducing the risk of unpredictable incidents. We really do hope that common sense together with the desire to promote constructive relations with Russia will eventually prevail.”
On Wednesday Moscow issued an announcement saying the Russian Navy intercepted British Navy vessel HMS Defender within the Black Sea. The UK destroyer was accused of crossing the northwestern part of the Black Sea at 11.52am local time on Wednesday. Following a request to alter the course, two warning shots were reportedly fired by Russian vessels.
But the Ministry of Defence has refuted claims that shots were fired at HMS Defender. In a official document the military stated:
“No warning pictures have been fired at HMS Defender. The Royal Navy ship is conducting harmless passage by Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide regulation. We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity.”