Message to Vlad: British Tabloids Go Wild as UK Sends Destroyer to Russian Shore

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

The UK’s tabloid press was unable to contain its excitement in covering the news that a Royal Navy destroyer had entered the Black Sea for exercises with the Romanian Navy. London, the papers said, was sending a special message to Moscow and to Vladimir Putin. Military expert Ivan Konovalov told Radio Sputnik how Moscow interprets this message.

Over the weekend, it was reported that the the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Daring had crossed the Bosporus into the Black Sea on its way to conduct joint training exercises with Romania’s King Ferdinand frigate, and to pay a visit to Romania’s Black Sea port of Constanta.

The UK’s tabloid press, always on the lookout for a political cheap shot at Russia’s expense, gleefully used the occasion to stick it to Moscow.

The Daily Mail, for example, headlined its piece on the destroyer’s deployment as follows: “So how do you like it, Vlad? Royal Navy sends message to Putin by sailing HMS Daring into Russia’s own back yard.”

The outlet stressed that the HMS Daring’s foray into the Black Sea “could be seen as a message to aggressive Russian President Putin,” adding that “the move comes just a few months after Russia sailed their own navy within sight of the White Cliffs of Dover on its way to Syria.”
What the Daily Mail didn’t mention was that the Russian naval groups passing through the English Channel remain in international waters at all times, and that no incidents have ever taken place during their passage, which is in fully compliance of international law.

Apparently, some of the Daily Mail’s readers didn’t find the paper’s ‘message’ very convincing. A user named Benny from London commented:

“‘Royal Navy sends message to Putin’ Yeah, the message is that we are completely outgunned and outnumbered and the best we have is a dinky ship like this which is about as intimidating as my 5 year old’s bath toys. We also made it clear how brave we are to venture into‚Ķinternational waters.”

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