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British government accused of resurrecting gunboat diplomacy

London, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) British pacifist Lindsey German on Friday recalled the United Kingdom Government that the gunboat diplomacy is a thing of the past, after the incursion of a Royal Navy destroyer in Crimean waters.

It seems to me that this is a very aggressive move by the United Kingdom, the same as deploying at the same time an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, German, who is also the co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition, said, quoted by Morning Star newspaper this Friday.

Upon accusing the British Government of exacerbating tensions and making the world a more dangerous place, German warned that London is wanting to resurrect its old imperial grandeur through the so-called gunboat diplomacy, a policy that, in her opinion, should have disappeared a century ago.

The Russian Ministry of Defense informed on Wednesday that planes and ships from its Black Sea fleet fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of the British destroyer Defender that violated the national border in Crimean waters.

British authorities denied the incident, and attributed the shooting to military exercises Russian forces was carrying out in the area.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also claimed that the destroyer was making an ‘innocent’ journey through the territorial waters of Ukraine, since London does not recognize Russian authority over that disputed area.

The relationships between Russia and the West were deteriorated as a result of the situation in Ukraine and Crimea’s integration into Russia after the March 2014 referendum, in which more than 96 percent of voters defended this option.


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