The Russian Embassy in Washington said that the size of the US-Ukrainian Sea Breeze exercises in the Black Sea increases the risk of unintended incidents in the Black Sea.
The embassy stated that Russia, for this reason, calls on the United States and its allies to abandon these maneuvers.
The embassy added, in a tweet on “Twitter”: “The size and the obviously aggressive nature of these maneuvers are completely incompatible with the real security tasks in the Black Sea region.”
– Russian Embassy in the USA 🇷🇺 (RusEmbUSA) June 23, 2021
The embassy indicated that these exercises “increase the risks of unintended incidents and encourage the warlike mood of the Kiev authorities.”
The exercises will be held from June 28 to July 10 in the waters of the Black Sea, and 5,000 soldiers and 32 ships from 32 countries will participate.
Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that NATO will, under the guise of the Sea Breeze exercises, provide Ukraine with modern weapons, which will later be delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and nationalist battalions in Donbass.
For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova indicated that NATO is intensifying its military activity in the Black Sea and increasing the number of exercises with Ukraine.
Source: RIA Novosti