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Hard to believe what I read. A British warship tries to sale through a course that passes a few miles from Crimea. This in order to take a particular side in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Crimea was a huge naval base of the Soviet Union but was contested when the USSR collapsed. Given Ukraine drifted from Moscow's sphere of influence, together with Poland, Baltic States and much of Eastern Europe, it was hoped in the U.S. NATO would eventually gain control of Crimea. As we know, Crimea was integrated into the Russian Federation some years ago, after a spat with Ukraine. Neither the E.U or U.S. accepted Crimea as part of the R.F. so the recent naval confrontation took place amongst a pretty tense area of sea. Russia sent about 20 aircraft into the skies and claimed to have fired warning shots in front of the British warship. This rift between Moscow and Ukraine appears to be a ticking time-bomb. Add that to a huge rift between Russia and the E.U. I get the impression Boris Johnson was used as a patsy to "test the waters". Very dangerous, however. Once someone loses their nerve, you get real clashes with possible casualties.