The Russian Black Sea Fleet say they have started monitoring the activities of the “Trent patrol vessel of the British Navy” which entered the Black Sea on May 16th, according to a statement.
According to the statement, found in local media, the Russians are keeping an eye on the British vessel.
“Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has started tracking the British Royal Navy’s HMS Trent patrol vessel, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Management Center reported on Sunday.
“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet have started tracking the activities of the Trent patrol vessel of the British Navy, which entered the Black Sea waters on May 16,” the statement said.
On May 11, the report said the Black Sea Fleet started keeping a close eye on the French Navy’s patrol ship Commandant Birot, which had entered the Black Sea.”
This is routine however, Russia often ‘keeps an eye on’ vessels in the region.
HMS Trent sailed in company with FS Commandant Birot yesterday in the Black Sea.
The River class Offshore Patrol vessel is in the area to reassure NATO allies.