Ukraine to get U.S.-made patrol boats following Sea Breeze 2017
A decision has been made to transfer to the Ukrainian Navy U.S. military patrol boats following Sea Breeze-2017 military exercise, Rear Admiral of the Ukrainian Navy Andriy Tarasov has told Krym.Realii.
"The negotiations have already moved to a more practical level. In fact the decision to transfer [the boats] has been made, and now the details are being discussed. I hope that the process will be fast enough and we will get these boats," the military official said, according to Krym.Realii.
According to him, Russia uses the fact that NATO’s modern vessels are at their side, in order to work out aggressive actions against them.
Read alsoU.S. deploys warships, Navy Seals for massive drills off Ukraine coast - media"They [the Russian military] do it not only in the interests of training their forces, but also for the purpose of carrying out possible provocations. We are ready for these provocations, and the exercises will be held according to plan, despite the actions of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia," said the rear admiral.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 10, the Sea Breeze 2017 international naval exercise has started in Ukraine.
The drills are being held in the spirit of Partnership for Peace, in accordance with the program of bilateral cooperation between the defense ministries of Ukraine and the United States for 2017.
Read alsoMultinational naval exercise Sea Breeze-2017 launched in UkraineParticipants include representatives of the armed forces of 16 countries - Ukraine, the United States, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and France.
The drills stage a conduct of a multinational maritime security operation in a crisis region.