A Russian military ship fired warning shots at a British Royal Navy destroyer after it entered Russian waters in the Black Sea, and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path as a warning, according to Interfax, Russia’s defense ministry as saying on Wednesday.
The British Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to comment.
The British HMS Defender left Russian waters soon after the incident, having ventured as much as 3 kilometers (2 miles) inside, the Russian ministry said, adding that the confrontation took place near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on the coast of Crimea.
Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 in a move condemned by the West which still considers it Ukrainian territory.
“The destroyer had been warned that weapons would be used if it trespasses the border of the Russian Federation. It did not react to the warning,” it said.
According to the Russian ministry, Russian bomber also dropped four high explosive fragmentation bombs as a warning on the British destroyer’s path.