Royal Navy escorted a Russian warship in North Sea

Vastavam web: A Royal Navy frigate escorted a Russian warship on Christmas Day as it passed close to British territorial waters, the ministry of defence said today at a time of strained relations between London and Moscow.The HMS St Albans monitored the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the North Sea, “keeping track of its activity in areas of national interest,” it said in a statement.”Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests.”

The defence ministry said there had been a recent “upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters”.It said the patrol ship HMS Tyne also escorted “a Russian intelligence-gathering ship” through the North Sea and the Channel on Sunday.HMS St Albans was also involved in escorting a Russian aircraft carrier and missile cruiser through the Channel in January this year.Relations between London and Moscow have been hostile for years, with allegations of Russian meddling in Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union and Moscow’s intervention in Syria on the side of the Damascus regime further straining already tense ties.