- Putin Warns of ‘Unpreventable’ Strikes by Russian Navy
The Russian president’s warning comes amid tensions between London and Moscow after a British warship entered waters close to Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned that its navy is ready to carry out an “unpreventable strike” on enemy targets if it was in the country’s “national interests.” Putin was speaking in Saint Petersburg during a parade of warships, just a few weeks after the UK angered Russia by sending a British warship close to the annexed Crimea peninsula. “The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests,” he said.
“We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it.” His remarks follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.