Russia says next time it may fire to hit intruding warships

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    • #431196
      Ohio Barbarian
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      MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is prepared to fire upon intruding warships, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday in a tough warning in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters.

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      Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman deplored what he described as a “deliberate and well-prepared provocation” by Britain and seconded the tough warning.

      “If unacceptable provocative actions are repeated, if those actions go too far, no options to legitimately protect the borders of the Russian Federation could be excluded,” the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in a call with reporters.

      On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said a patrol ship fired warning shots after the HMS Defender had ignored a notice against intrusion and sailed 3 kilometers (1.6 nautical miles) into Russia’s territorial waters near Sevastopol, the main Russian naval base in Crimea. It said a Russian Su-24 bomber also dropped four bombs ahead of the vessel to persuade the Defender to change course. Minutes later, the Defender left Russian waters, the ministry said.

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    • #431197
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      The British have admitted their destroyer crossed the traditional 3 mile limit, but since they don’t recognize Russian annexation of Crimea, they say they were in Ukrainian waters. How effing silly is that?

      The Russians conducting naval exercises near Hawaii are a response to just this type of arrogant provocation.

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      • #431231
        soryang
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        Usually, it’s 12 miles unless there is a territorial claim from the nearby land or island of a neighboring state. This was established by the UN Law of the Sea Convention. Is there a reason for them to claim the territorial limit is 3nm there?

        • #431248
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          If it’s a 12 mile limit, that’s even worse. The British are saying they were in Ukrainian waters, which they weren’t, except maybe in an alternate reality.

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    • #431260
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      “The U.K., like most of the world, recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine despite the peninsula’s 2014 annexation by Russia….”  ‘most of the world’ = Western European boot lickers who do not represent the majority of the world’s people.

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      • #431262
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        Neither do I, for that matter.

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    • #431265
      sadoldgirl
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      Is BoJo’s party close to losing the regional elections? Do they need

      more support for financing the military? There must have been a

      national reason for this idiocy.

      • #431266
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        Scotland and Wales? Are there any Tories in Scotland and Wales? Probably as many as there are Republicans in Cleveland.

        To answer your question, there’s no national reason I know of. Perhaps a distraction from the terrible job Johnson is doing? Or from tariffs on goods going from the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland? I don’t know.

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    • #431389
      eridani
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      On second thought, not really.

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      • #431415
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        It’s what our own media should ask, but they never do. Never have since the 1970s, as far as I can remember.

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    • #431520
      Yanath
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      What’s the big deal? We don’t ever say anything when Russian fleets rehearse attacks against the United States in the Gulf of Mexico.

      Sour puss.

      • #431533
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