George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, said that the United States had been doing for decades what the British destroyer Defender had done when it invaded the territorial waters of Crimea.
“We can recall an episode in 1988 when an American ship created tension with the ships of the then Soviet fleet, and in the years closer to us, American ships did something similar to the British ship,” Kent said.
He then accused China of violating the rights of islands belonging to the Philippines. According to him, Beijing hinders the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and Washington intends to fight this.
“In the same way, the United States will continue to defend the right to free navigation in the Black Sea, and we are one of the countries that constantly remind the world that Crimea is Ukrainian,” Kent summed up.
At the end of June, the armed forces of NATO countries committed several provocations off the coast of Crimea. The Ministry of Defense reported that on June 23, the British destroyer Defender crossed the country’s border near Cape Fiolent. The Russian military had to open a warning fire to escort the intruder out.
The next day, the frigate of the Dutch Navy Evertsen, which was in neutral waters, began moving towards the Kerch Strait. To prevent violations of the borders of Russia, the military lifted Su-30 fighters and Su-24 bombers into the air. After that, the ship changed course.