Royal Navy screens Russian warships in English Channel

LONDON (Reuters) – A British destroyer has shadowed two Russian warships as they handed via the English Channel for the second time this 12 months, the Royal Navy stated.

HMS Diamond sailed from Dover because the destroyer Severomorsk and cruiser Marshal Ustinov handed by on Tuesday.

“This is routine business for the Royal Navy and the second time my ship’s company have undertaken such an escort duty this summer,” stated Commander Ben Keith of HMS Diamond.

In January, Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was despatched to observe 4 Russian vessels as they handed near British waters. The two frigates, Soobrazitelny and Boiky, and help vessels, Paradoks and Kola, have been believed to be getting back from operations within the Middle East.

Over Christmas, a British ship escorted new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov because it handed close to UK territorial waters.

Reporting by Maria Gabriel; modifying by Stephen Addison

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