Wait what? Did I totally read that letter wrong? Damnit I speak before thinking too often...So was that info intentionally leaked by the brits?
The BBC is an arm of British Intelligence and would never have published anything if they did not have permission to do so... if the UK government didn't want that information out it would have disappeared completely... meaning someone wanted this revealed.
That's a pretty stupid statement, very inflammatory
Actually a very good response... as the released documents state this was an ego trip to prove to Putin and Russia how gosh darn tough the Royal Navy really is...
This statement basically says the loss of this British ship would not be worth WWIII is a direct indication as to how important this British ship would be to the US in terms of starting WWIII... and I suspect Putin is right... not worth starting WWIII over.
How is Britains ego now?
Maybe someone at NATO will also say the same thing, that a sunk Russian ship won't start WW3
Well a few years back a HATO plane shot down a Russian strike aircraft and WWIII didn't start either.
And then maybe someone will eventually try it
Putin missed a good chance to shutup
Wasn't that long ago that Putins biggest fault was that he was too soft on the west... too accommodating... not hard enough... now he is too hard on those
in the UK?
Destroying a ship that enters russian waters isn't a declaration of war. They just protect their water. But then russian ships may be very careful not to cross Nato waters too because they will respond the same way.
There is a difference between planning to enter waters you know you are not allowed to go in to to make a political statement against the country that controls those waters, and what Russia does... which is respect international law where ever possible.
Just because you are carrying a gun yourself does that mean it is OK to ignore the instructions given to you by an armed police officer?
An American cop don't expect for there to be warning shots...
Every country uses warning shots to get compliance... ironically it was Iranian ships firing warning shots at the Blackhawk helicopter from the USS Vincennes that eventually led to an Iranian Airbus being shot down.
Destroying a ship because it comes in your water with no intention of fighting would be just a stupid move. Escort it out with some warning shot is the good reaction. Do it once, do it twice and the third time just sink it.
They have had the once... the second time the warning shots will not miss, but there is no likely need to sink anything... even 30mm cannon shells can do some damage so having a few of those impact the sides of your ship and you will either return fire... which means they will likely sink you, or start complying with instructions which are probably leave the area... come back a third time and there wont be warning shots but not likely to be instant sink either... only in war time is it sink on sight.
Russia's weight in the international sphere is growing very fast and they can live with severing the ties with Europe fully, it was just UK that badly overplayed their hand here.
More importantly now that the UK is no longer part of the EU they are even less interesting to Russia... now Russia can improve relations with the EU without caring what the UK think or do... if it is at all possible the UK has become even less important to Russia... and this lashing out was the UK trying to feel important... which makes it all the more amusing.