UPDATED 9:12 AM PT – Sunday, July 25, 2021
Russia President Vladimir Putin said the countries navy was able to launch an ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed. Speaking on Sunday at a Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg, Putin said the navy was capable of detecting any enemy regardless if they were in water or in the air.
This comes after Russia claimed it chased away a British warship when it approached the Crimean Peninsula in June. Russia accused the ship of illegally entering its territorial waters and insisted the U.S. played a part in the provocation.
“The Russian Navy has today everything needed for the guaranteed defense of the motherland and our national interests,” he announced. “We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it.”
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) July 25, 2021
In June, Putin said the incident was a test of Russia’s in protecting its territorial integrity.
Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2013. However, most of the world still recognizes the area as part of Ukraine.