Russian ships and planes chase a British warship near Crimea


The BBC’s defense correspondent Jonathan Bell has monitored Russian ships and planes chasing a British warship that was sailing in the Black Sea near Crimea, annexed by Russia since 2014.

The HMRC Defender was heading toward Georgia from the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine, when the Russian coastguard was forcing it to change course.

Russia says the waters near Crimea are part of its territorial waters, but Britain says the ship was sailing on an “internationally recognized” sea route.

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