A Russian warship has been escorted away from UK territorial waters by the British navy, says the UK’s Defense Ministry.
The ministry made the announcement on early on Tuesday, while noting that Russian naval activity around the UK had increased during the Christmas holiday period.
The frigate HMS St Albans set sail on Saturday to follow the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it traveled through the North Sea. It will return to dock in Portsmouth later on Tuesday.
Following the incident, UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson stressed that we will “not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression.”
“Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests,” he added.
The incident comes at a time of frayed relations between Britain and Russia, with UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson recently claiming that there was “abundant evidence” of Moscow interfering with foreign elections during a trip to Russia last week. The claim has been denied by Russia.