Boris Johnson’s statement on the right of the military to invade Crimea is a provocation that undermines the results of the meeting in Geneva, State Duma deputy, member of the Committee on International Affairs Elena Panina told RIA Novosti.
Johnson had previously told Bloomberg that the passage of a British destroyer in the Black Sea was “quite appropriate.” According to him, these are Ukrainian waters, and it was absolutely correct to use them for the passage from point A to point B. Johnson also stressed that Great Britain does not recognize the “annexation of Crimea.”
Panina considers Johnson’s statement about the right of British military courts to invade the Crimean waters as irresponsible and aggressive, since London does not recognize its presence in Russian jurisdiction.
“Johnson pretends that nothing special has happened, and relations with the Russian Federation were supposedly even worse before. In reality, we are dealing with a deliberate provocation aimed at crossing out the positive results of the meeting of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin and ( President of the United States) Joe Biden in Geneva. Before, we thought that only Poroshenko, who sent his sailors to the Kerch Strait, is capable of such acts. Now we see that there is a man in London who is ready to imitate the odious ex-president of Ukraine who has failed in all directions, ” – concluded Panina.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the British destroyer Defender crossed the Russian border and entered Russian waters three kilometers away in the area of Cape Fiolent (Crimea). After that, the Russian border patrol ship carried out warning firing, and the Su-24M aircraft carried out “warning bombing” along the path of the destroyer.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, commenting on the incident with the British destroyer Defender, said that if colleagues do not understand what Russia’s borders are, then “we can bomb.”