Britain escorts Russian ship near national waters amid strained relations

Images from an infrared camera on a helicopter show Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans escorting Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it passes close to UK territorial waters through the North Sea in an image from an infrared camera on a helicopter handed out
Images from an infrared camera on a helicopter show Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans escorting Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it passes close to UK territorial waters through the North Sea in an image from an infrared camera on a helicopter handed out by Britain's Royal Navy December 25, 2017. Royal Navy/Handout via REUTERS

December 26, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – A British ship escorted a Russian vessel as it passed near UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain’s defense ministry said on Tuesday, adding that Russian naval activity near Britain had increased in the holiday period.

The frigate HMS St Albans departed on Dec. 23 to track the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it moved through the North Sea. The Royal Navy vessel monitored the Russian ship over Christmas and will return to dock in Portsmouth later on Tuesday.

UK defense minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement after the incident that he would “not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression”.

Relations between Britain and Russia are strained, and UK foreign minister Boris Johnson said there was “abundant evidence” of Moscow meddling in foreign elections during a trip to Russia last week. His counterpart Sergei Lavrov said there was no proof for Johnson’s claim.

While Johnson said he wants to normalize relations with Russia, Moscow blames London for the poor state of relations between the countries.

Britain’s defense ministry said another ship, HMS Tyne, was called to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the North Sea and the English Channel on Christmas Eve. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to monitor two other Russian vessels.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Ed Osmond)

  • bigcrawfish

    I’m surprised the Russians have enough money to even buy fuel for those ships. The entire economy is smaller than Mexico’s.

  • No Mas

    Meanwhile UK imports radical islam and has muslim mayor condemning any attempts to govern them to local laws… INSANE!!! Russia could be an improvement to these idiots in UK.

  • landy fincannon

    Awwwww, even Britain considers
    Russia an adversary, publicly at least.

    How soon we forget Britain’s subterfuge prior to the sinking of the Lusitania were 117 Americans were lost.

  • An_A_C

    Looking at the picture, there is a lesson in ship handling in this that every U.S. Navy officer, especially junior officers assigned to ships, needs to study. Understanding how to safely maneuver a ship is not intuitive, and is essential, at the level of knowing the abc’s, for every sailor that goes to sea.

  • Ragpicker

    Smart to keep an eye on Russian. A lot of nervousness around the country at this point and time.

  • nfcapitalist

    The invasion of muslim men into the European Union is playing well into Putin’s plans to own Europe… when the SHTF Russia will come flooding in to save them and will never leave… we should fix that if we can or get American troops out if we can’t.

  • Rupert

    It’s rumored Vladimir Putin got Boris Johnson elected as a joke on the British people. Vlad loves a good laugh and Boris has not disappointed.