On June 23, the UK’s Defender breached the Russian border and received a considerable response from SU-24M and Russian warship, which fired several warning shots.
The Russian President noted that such a provocation of the UK's Defender in the Black Sea had a political background, adding that the warship “was clearly pursuing military goals”.
At the online conference responding to conflict-related questions, Vladimir Putin noted that the UK was not the only one who participated in this provocation, but the US also took part in it.
The president said that even if the Russian military had sunk the UK’s warship it wouldn’t have led to the new world war.
'I don't think we were on the brink of a new world war,' Putin said about the confrontation.