Russia reserves the right to begin “bombing” foreign ships in case of violation of the state border. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on June 24.
He thus commented on the incident with the British destroyer Defender, which crossed the Russian border.
“We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law. If that doesn’t help, we can bomb not only on course, but also on target, if our colleagues and don’t understand,” the minister told reporters.
He also said that Russia’s territorial integrity will be protected by the necessary means, including military means.
“The territorial integrity of the Russian Federation is inviolable, the inviolability of its borders is an absolute imperative. We will stand guard over all this both diplomatically and politically and, if necessary, by military means,” Ryabkov added.
Attempts to test Russia’s strength are fraught with consequences, he noted.
“Those who are trying to test us are taking a great risk,” the minister concluded.
He also stressed Russia’s intention to “fight back against aggressors.
On the same day, Ryabkov expressed condemnation of Britain’s actions , saying Russia’s territorial integrity would be protected by the necessary means, including military means.
Also on Thursday, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov called the incident with the British destroyer a provocation and a challenge. He pointed out that the British side should conduct a thorough investigation and assess the actions of the captain.
A day earlier, the Black Sea Fleet of the Navy together with the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia stopped the violation of the state border by the destroyer USS Defender of the British Navy. The ship crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and entered the territorial sea near Cape Fiolent for 3 km.