The Sunday Times newspaper, citing high-level naval sources, said British warships would sail to the Black Sea next May, amid mounting tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
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The report states that a destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine frigate will leave the Royal Navy’s Mediterranean mission group and cross the Bosporus to the Black Sea.
Tensions have intensified between Moscow and Kiev, amid a mobilization of Russian forces along the border and the outbreak of clashes in eastern Ukraine between the military and pro-Russian separatists.
UK Defense Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
A ministry spokesperson told the newspaper that the British government is working closely with Ukraine to monitor the situation and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate.
“The UK and our international allies strongly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the spokesperson said as quoted by the newspaper.
The tension persists
Tension is increasing in the Black Sea region with the escalation of tension between the two neighbors, Russia and Ukraine, as Moscow announced two days ago to conduct a military exercise there and to shut it down. certain maritime zones for this purpose, from the 24th month until next October 31st.
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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry protested Russia’s announcement to close areas in the Black Sea, and said what Moscow is doing is a violation of international law and maritime laws, and is an attempt to deprive it ‘Ukraine from its beaching rights in the Azov Sea and the Black Sea.
Kiev added that Moscow’s willingness to end the Black Sea war proves that it is not interested in de-escalation, and Kiev called for international intervention to pressure Russia to back down. decision to close areas of the Black Sea. Publicity
NATO has estimated that Russia’s plans to shut down parts of the Black Sea “will be unwarranted and lead to additional threats to Ukraine’s independence,” and NATO called on Moscow to “ensure free access to the Ukrainian ports of the Sea of Azov and allow freedom of navigation. “
In recent weeks, Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the borders with Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, and Kiev fears Moscow is seeking to train it in retaliation in an attempt to justify an armed operation, while Russia stresses that the deployment of forces takes place within the framework of the military maneuvers which it carries out inside Russian territory, in response to the “threatening” actions of NATO, which Kiev intends to join.