May 23, 2024



Following British warship incident, Moscow warns next foreign power to violate Black Sea borders ‘will get a punch in the nose’


By Johnny Tickle

7 Jul, 2021 07:59 / Updated 11 hours ago

Provocateurs who play games in the Black Sea risk “getting punched in the nose.” That’s according to Russia’s deputy foreign minister, who has called on foreign ships to respect the country’s borders or face severe consequences.

Speaking to the Moscow’s International Affairs news outlet on Tuesday, Sergey Ryabkov was referring to last month’s incident involving the British destroyer HMS Defender, which violated Russia’s maritime borders near Crimea.

The senior official stressed that the Black Sea was not a place where “games are allowed,” noting that such incursions across the Russian border could increase the risk of conflict in the region.

Read more…