The Black Sea as the stage of tension between Russia and the United Kingdom
6580984 23.06.2021 In this handout video grab released by the Russian Defence Ministry, UK Navy's Defender destroyer sails near the Cape Fiolent after entering Russia's territorial waters, in Crimea, Russia. Russia's Black Sea Fleet together with border forces of the Federal Security Service (FSB) has expelled a UK destroyer that entered into Russian territorial waters by making warning shots. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use. Russian Defence Ministry (Photo by Russian Defence Ministry / Sputnik via AFP)
The recent naval incident in which the Russian authorities claim that their forces fired warning shots at a British destroyer in the Black Sea, stems from the effects of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Moscow (not recognized by the West) . If you want to understand more about how Russia uses the Black Sea to project power, we recommend the article “How annexing Crimea has affected the Russian Navy and overall power projection in the Black Sea region?” by Richard Kouyoumdjian.