Russia wages war of words with Britain over navy pride

Queen Elizabeth II, second left and the Duke of Edinbugh, left, arrive for the naming ceremony of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, Scotland, on July 4, 2014. (AP / PA / Andrew Milligan)

By The Associated Press, June 29, 2017 

Moscow angrily lashed out Thursday at a dismissive comment about a Russian aircraft carrier made by Britain’s defence secretary, arguing that its aging ship is better than the new British carrier.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said earlier this week that Russia will look at the British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, with envy, pointing at Russia’s “dilapidated” Admiral Kuznetsov carrier.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov fired back Thursday, arguing that unlike the British ship that relies on escort ships for protection, the Russian carrier can stand by itself with an array of offensive and defensive weapons.

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