Tensions are rising in and around the Black Sea. British newspaper The Sunday Times The news broke yesterday that the United Kingdom is sending two naval vessels to the Black Sea. According to the newspaper, it is about a destroyer with a warship and anti-aircraft missiles that will sail from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea next month. The HMS Queen Elizabeth, a British aircraft carrier ready to support ships in the event of a Russian occupation, will have F35 fighter jets and helicopters. Under one agreement, the aircraft carrier was not allowed to cross the Phosphorus and is in the Mediterranean.
Great Britain wants to show its solidarity with neighboring Russia with Ukraine and its Western allies. “The UK and our international allies are unstable in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the British government said in a statement. The Sunday Times.
The Black Sea is becoming a focal point in the rivalry between Russia on the one hand and Ukraine on the other. The British navy has been stationed in eastern Ukraine amid clashes between government soldiers and pro-Russian rebels. Moreover, in recent weeks, Russia has attracted tens of thousands of soldiers with tanks, armored vehicles and artillery along the southwestern border with Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula. A dozen small naval vessels and two large landing boats have been sent to sea. Also these two landing crafts will soon be followed so that tanks and armored vehicles can be brought ashore from the sea for diabetic operations. The Russians have also announced that parts of the Black Sea will be closed to foreign naval vessels for six months.
‘Growing Navo Axis’
The concentration of Russian troops is the largest since 2014, when the Russians annexed Crimea, which was then part of Ukraine. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Russian President Vladimir Putin may want to occupy a beach between Crimea and the Ukrainian region of Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels rule. But Putin wants to send a signal of strength, making it clear that the Ukrainians should not seek more cooperation with the West. As for Moscow, it is only ‘an exercise in responding to the growing Nao pressure’. Representatives from Ukraine and Russia will discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.
Tensions escalated last weekend with the brief arrest of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Saturday. According to the Russian Security Service FSP, an employee of the Ukrainian embassy was caught red-handed while trying to obtain confidential information from a Russian database and will be deported. The Ukrainian government denied that the embassy staff in St. Petersburg had done anything wrong and announced the expulsion of the Russian ambassador. The arrest was ‘a provocation’, according to Kiev.
The European Union, NATO and the United States have responded cautiously to the creation of Russian troops. General Todd Walters, commander of US forces in Europe, said: “This is a matter of great concern. The foreign ministers of EU member states will meet on Monday to discuss the conflict.
Western leaders are currently optimistic about expanding the situation with a combination of opposition and reconciliation. For example, last week US President Joe Biden announced new sanctions against Russian individuals and banks – the Russians responded by expelling ten US diplomats. In the hope of intimidating the Russians, about a thousand Nao soldiers, including Americans, will train in Ukraine this summer.
But at the same time, Biden invited Putin to a high-level meeting this week. In addition, the U.S. Navy canceled the scheduled voyages of two warships to the Black Sea. Biden said on Thursday he expects a ‘stable and predictable’ relationship with Moscow.