Last week, first deputy director of FSB and leader of Russia’s border control service Vladimir Kulishov made some noticeable comments to RIA Novosti about an incident in October 2020 involving the British destroyer HMS Dragon.
The British warship crossed the territorial waters off Crimea in what must be characterized as a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOPS). This fact has been know for some time. In December, deputy minister of defense Alexander Fomin revealed that the British warship had crossed into Russian territorial waters1 off Crimea close to Sevastopol, but he didn’t give much further information.
But according to Kulishov, it was a rather intense encounter between HMS Dragon and units from the Russian coastguard (FSB), navy and air force. As he explained to RIA Novosti:
“On 13 October, the British anti-air destroyer D35 Dragon entered Russian territorial waters close to the tip Khersones in the Black Sea, claiming the right to innocent passage. They did this despite receiving warnings that it would be illegal to enter Russian territorial waters. Upon receiving directions to leave Russian territory immediately, the captain of the destroyer claimed there was a bad radio connection. As a result …Continue reading