METRO, , Wednesday 26 Apr 2017
We are used to Russian ships and fighter jets entering UK territories and now it looks like they’ve had a taste of their own medicine.
The Royal Navy sent HMS Daring into the Black Sea and is likely to anger Vladimir Putin who has previously spoken out against the presence of foreign powers in neighbouring countries.
The warship was pictured heading through the Bosphorus in Istanbul which leads to the Black Sea.
The movements of HMS Daring come as it was revealed that the Royal Navy recently sent HMS Severn to track Russian warship the Korolev.
It is thought that the ship was returning to Russia after being docked in Syria as part of the ongoing war in Syria.
Yesterday four RAF Typhoon went to Eastern Europe to patrol the Black Sea to offer reassurance Eastern Europe.
They had been sanctioned by Theresa May and form part of the Nato southern air policing mission.
HMS Daring entered the Black sea as a top Russian official warned that Britain would be wiped off the face of the earth if it deployed a nuclear attack on Russia.
Retired colonel Frants Klintsevich was responding to comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that ‘in the most extreme circumstances, we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike’.
The senior Russian senator said that were Britain to launch a preemptive attack on a hostile nuclear foe then ‘not having the biggest territory, it is likely to be literally wiped out by the counter strike’.
Another translation of his words – used by news agency TASS – means Britain would be ‘razed to the ground’ in a retaliatory strike.
Putin loyalist Klintsevich, a 59 year old former paratrooper who served for Soviet forces in Afghanistan, declared that Sir Michael’s comment was ‘disgusting’ and deserved a ‘tough response’.