HNLMS Evertsen (F805) frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy arrives at the port of Odesa, Ukraine 180621 CREDIT ALAMY
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Russia: Dutch Military Complains Of 'Dangerous Situation' With Armed Jets

Dutch military says armed Russian aircraft "caused a dangerous situation" in the Black Sea and claimed they "carried out mock attacks".

HNLMS Evertsen (F805) frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy arrives at the port of Odesa, Ukraine 180621 CREDIT ALAMY

The Dutch military says armed Russian aircraft "caused a dangerous situation" in the Black Sea.

In a tweet, the Netherlands' defence ministry said jets "repeatedly flew dangerously low over and close" to HNLMS Evertsen, and "carried out mock attacks".

The official Twitter account added that: "HNLMS Evertsen was in international waters during these harassments."

The "dangerous situation", which the Dutch say happened last Thursday, follows another incident involving the Royal Navy's HMS Defender.

The Russian Defence Ministry released video of what it said showed Defender 'violating' its border, while the UK, which does not recognise Russia's claim to Crimea, denied the claims and maintained the Navy destroyer was conducting an "innocent passage" through Ukrainian waters.

Russia also threatened to "drop bombs... right on target" if Royal Navy vessels again sail through waters around Crimea.

HMLMS Evertsen has been part of the UK's maiden operational Carrier Strike Group deployment, which will visit more than 40 countries and undertake more than 70 engagements.

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