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British government’s top-secret defence documents found at bus stop in Kent

British government’s top-secret defence documents found at bus stop in Kent. Documents found at the bus stop contained 50 pages of highly confidential information about Britain’s defense ministry, including the presence of Afghan troops at the end of NATO operations there.

A number of separate United Kingdom government documents, which contain confidential information about British and foreign military policy, were found at a bus stop in Kent, southeast of London, media reported on Sunday. This 50-page document was obtained with the help of an anonymous tip from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The UK government said it was investigating how the documents got there, adding that an internal investigation had been launched into the matter.

According to the AFP news agency, documents found at the bus stop contained 50 pages of highly confidential information about Britain’s defense ministry, including the presence of Afghan troops at the end of NATO operations there. Primarily, however, the papers dealt with Russia’s reaction to the passing of a British warship on Ukrainian waters off the coast of Crimea.

British government's top-secret defence documents found at bus stop in Kent
British government’s top-secret defence documents found at bus stop in Kent

The warship in the context is a British naval destroyer called the HMS Defender, which sails off the coast of Crimea, according to the BBC. Russia had snatched Crimea from Ukraine back in 2014, so it saw the presence of a British destroyer in the Black Sea as a watershed local and sparked a series of retaliatory firearms, the broadcaster said.

It is noteworthy that the Russian occupation of Crimea has never been seen by the majority of the international community. The UK, however, has denied any wrongdoing and said the ship was simply making it “an innocent route to Ukrainian waters according to international law.”

Now, the recovered documents seem to show that Britain already knew how to react to Russia but continued to follow its own path, lest another way might make Moscow think the UK was “scared / fleeing”. The papers also stated that by allowing a warship to take this route, the UK government had hoped to have the opportunity to “interact with the Ukrainian government … in what the UK accepted as Ukraine’s local water.”

Confidential documents found at a Kent bus stop were reported missing from the Department of Defense last week, the government said, adding that an investigation was under way. “It should not happen,” Brandon Lewis, Northern Ireland’s minister of state, was quoted as saying. “It was well reported at the time … there is an internal investigation into the situation,” he added.

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