The Hamilton-class patrol boat of the US Coast Guard headed for the Black Sea. This is stated in the message of the 5th Fleet on Twitter.
The boat will work with NATO allies and partners in the region.
Earlier it was reported about the plans of the Navy to send two ships to the water area — “Donald Cook” and “Roosevelt.” They were supposed to be there from about April 14-15 to May 5-6. Later, Washington refused to do this because of fears of “escalation between Moscow and Kyiv.”
The British media also announced the arrival of a fleet strike group in the region. The Ministry of Defense of the kingdom explained that they are deploying ships off the coast of Ukraine as a sign of solidarity with its authorities in the confrontation with Russia. The ministry also said that the vessels would participate in NATO maneuvers and support the alliance’s operations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry regard these actions as provocations and an increase in the military presence near the southern and western borders of the country.
Since April 24, the Ministry of Defense has closed access to three areas of the Black Sea for foreign ships and state vessels. Exercises are being held in the region.
The restriction will be valid until October 31. At this time, the section of the water area along the coast between Sevastopol and Gurzuf, the area of the Kerch Peninsula area on the traverse of the Opuksky Nature Reserve, and a small area near the western tip of the Crimea will be inaccessible.
As noted in the Ministry of Defense, all these zones are located within the territorial waters of Russia, and their closure will not interfere with navigation through the Kerch Strait.
At the same time, this decision angered Kyiv and NATO countries, which considered these actions an “unprovoked escalation” and the creation of obstacles to the operation of Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed that Russia is acting in accordance with international agreements and that the authorities have not imposed restrictions on commercial shipping.