British navy escorts Russian warship near UK waters

LONDON:  Britain’s Royal Navy has escorted one of Russia’s warships through the North Sea near UK waters, officials said Tuesday, amid increasing tensions between the two countries.

The HMS St. Albans with 190 sailors on board was used to escort the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate on Monday through what British officials called “areas of national interest” on Christmas Day.

In addition, a Royal Navy helicopter was used to track other Russian vessels in the area.