Royal Navy Escorted Russian Warship Through North Sea On Christmas Day
The Royal Navy said Tuesday that Britain's Royal Navy shadowed a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters on Christmas Day.

The crew of the Royal Navy was forced to escort two military vessels through its waters for 24 hours over Christmas. HMS St Albans was sent to shadow the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the North Sea after a recent “upsurge” in Russian units travelled through the North Sea and the English Channel.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the UK would 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.” Mr Williamson added.

Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea and areas of UK interest on Christmas Day. Pic: Ministry of Defence

A navy helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton, was also dispatched to monitor another two Russian vessels during the festive period.

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Last week, the UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said there was “abundant evidence” of Moscow meddling in foreign elections during a trip to Russia. Mr Johnson said he wants to normalise relations with Russia, while Moscow blamed London for the poor state of relations.

The commanding officer of HMS St Albans, Chris Ansell, said: “There is a pressing need to protect UK interests close to home, in the air, above and below the waves”

British previously warned that Russian ships transiting through the UK waters risk cutting undersea Internet cables. The cables which are on the seabed and are a vital communication connection that links the UK to continental Europe.

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