Risky Venture In Black Sea in War & Terror Posted June 30, 2021 Putin appeared to hint all of this was meant to provoke an incident that could be used to axe the Russian pipeline, supported by Germany. Make Russia seem to be a threat. Putin seemed not to worried. That is, NATO would struggle to outgun Russia on its own territory. This may well be true. Russia has masses of strike power from Kaliningrad alone. What was intended was mainly to bait the Russians and have an excuse to pull the oil line. I imagine they would only ram or damage a vessel if all warnings were ignored.