HMS Dragon eyes a Russian destroyer
The British navy is closely monitoring a Russian destroyer that approached its waters, it said in a statement. The destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, seen in the foreground above, was tracked by HMS Dragon, a U.K. Royal Navy destroyer, as it passed the north coast of Scotland. In a statement on Wednesday, Britain’s defense ministry described the maneuver as “a well-established and standard response” to the deployment of the Russian ship. In a separate development, Britain scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace on Wednesday. “There were unidentified aircraft flying near the north of Scotland,” a defense ministry spokeswoman told Reuters, saying Britain’s Royal Air Force had later identified them as Russian. More