Revisiting the US/UK HMS Defender Black Sea Provocation
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On June 23, Britain’s HMS Defender provocatively and illegally sailed three kilometers into Russian territorial waters near its Republic of Crimea and Federal City of Sevastopol.
The incident had nothing to do with falsely claimed “innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters (sic) in accordance with international law (sic).
Russia’s Defense Ministry slammed the hostile action, justifiably calling it a “gross violation” of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry stressed, adding:
Its patrol boat fired warning shots after the UK warship illegally entered Russian territorial waters.
A Russian Su-24 dropped four bombs in HMS Defender’s path as a warning to change course.
Russia’s UK embassy tweeted the following:
“HMS Defender turn(ed) HMS Provocateur and violate(d) Russia’s border. Not exactly a ‘routine’ transit, (was) it?”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Wednesday’s Black Sea incident a “dangerous(ly) crude provocation (in breach of) international and Russian law,” adding:
It could not have happened without US approval and complicity.
On Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov justifiably accused the Biden regime of masterminding the above incident, saying:
“(O)ur intelligence certainly knows who made (the provocative) decision.”
“(S)uch operations are basically planned by senior partners from overseas” — clearly referring to the US.
Vladimir Putin “explained that…weak spots are sounded out both in the system of monitoring the border integrity and the response system.”
At his annual marathon Q & A session last week, Putin held “Britons and Americans” responsible for the HMS Defender provocation.
What happened in Russian Black Sea waters was “a deliberate and well-planned (joint US/UK) provocation.”
Peskov stressed that Russia will respond harshly to similar future incidents, its legal self-defense right.
Russian aerial reconnaissance video evidence documented the HMS Defender incident to leave no doubt about what happened.
Russia’s UK envoy Andrey Kelin called the incident “a deliberate and intentional provocation (with a) clear…goal” in mind, adding:
“(S)imilar incidents took place before, exactly at a moment when some, even the slightest, improvement of relations between Russia and the West was” possible.
Dominant hardliners in both countries reject normalization with Russia — wanting the country and others maintained as invented enemies to unjustifiably justify spending countless trillions of dollars on militarism and belligerence.
Toughness is the only language US/Western regimes understand.
If history repeats provocatively, what’s highly likely, perhaps sinking an intruding vessel or downing a hostile aircraft in airspace where it doesn’t belong will show Russia no longer tolerates Western provocations.
Would such action risk direct confrontation?
While very possible by accident or design, bullies like the US and UK prefer picking fights with weak invented enemies — not nations able to hit back hard in self-defense like Russia and China.
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