Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the so-called “interception” of the Russian frigate “Admiral Makarov” by a Royal Navy vessel

Question: How would you comment on the publications in the British media that a Royal Navy minehunter vessel HMS Hurworth “intercepted” the Russian frigate “Admiral Makarov” when the latter was passing through the English Channel?

Answer: Russian Navy ships act in accordance with the international law and strictly follow the current English Channel passing regulations. They do not pose any threat to the United Kingdom. The British side is well aware of this. We can only regret that certain British media and sometimes politicians aim to present such cases as “incidents”, requiring Royal Navy ships to “scramble” for “interception”. Such rhetoric is aimed at additionally stirring anti-Russian sentiment in an already complex political situation.