>> The latest incident in what Britain's Defense Ministry says is an up surge in Russian naval activity near UK waters.>> Today we are 30 miles off the south coast of the UK escorting a group of Russian Federation Navy warships as they transit toward the UK and through to the North Sea.
>> Royal Navy Frigate, the HMS Westminister, will monitor the four Russian vessels as they head north The Ministry of Defense believes the warships are returning from operations in the Middle East. Britain says the number of such incidents has increased in recent weeks. Over Christmas it released images of a similar event near UK territorial waters.
Saying the warship pictured was one of four vessels monitored during that period. It comes at a time when relations are already strained between Russia and Britain. During a visit to Moscow at the end of last year, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson accused the Russians during a tense press conference of meddling in foreign elections.
>> There was, alas, abundant evidence of->> Something his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, denies. While Johnson says he wants to normalize relations, Moscow blames London for the poor state of affairs.