Putin says the Russian navy can carry out an ‘inevitable strike’ if necessary

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian navy can detect any enemy and possibly launch an “inevitable strike”, said President Vladimir Putin on Sunday weeks after a British warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimean peninsula.

“We are able to detect any underwater, waterborne, airborne enemy and, if necessary, carry out an inevitable strike against it,” Putin said at a naval day in St. Petersburg. Petersburg.

Putin’s words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the way of a British warship to chase it out of Crimean waters.

Britain rejected Russia’s report of the incident, saying it believed shots fired were a pre-announced Russian “gunnery exercise” and that no bombs had been dropped.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, but Britain and most of the world recognize the Black Sea peninsula as part of Ukraine, not Russia.

Putin said last month that Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, accusing it of illegally entering its territorial waters without starting World War III, and saying the United States played a role in the “provocation”.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Nick Macfie)

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