President Vladimir Putin during the Direct Line 2021 called the incident with the British destroyer a provocation. According to the head of state, the provocation was complex. He said it was carried out not only by the British but also by the Americans.
It should be recalled that on June 23, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a Russian border patrol ship carried out a warning shooting and a Su-24M bomber carried out a warning bombing raid on the course of the Defender destroyer of the British Navy near Cape Fiolent.
According to the defense ministry, the vessel crossed the state border of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea.
As Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier reported, most of the questions coming to this year’s Direct Line with the President concern the pandemic and the fight against it.