Ukraine will not allow restrictions on navigation in the Black Sea by Russia – Zelensky
According to the President, the Sea Breeze 2021 exercises demonstrate Ukraine’s unity with Western partners in countering military threats.The head of state said this during a speech in Odessa / Illustration by REUTERS
President Volodymyr Zelensky notes that Ukraine will not allow restrictions on Russia’s freedom of navigation in the Black Sea due to the international military exercises “Sea Breeze-2021” .
According to an UNIAN correspondent, the head of state said this during a speech in Odessa at ceremonial events on the occasion of the Day of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The head of state said that the Sea Breeze-2021 exercise was “another test for Ukrainian sailors for compatibility with the world’s best navies and testing the quality of their actions as part of a multinational unit.”
Sea Breeze 2021 demonstrates our unity in countering the military threats that are intensifying in the Black Sea region due to its militarization and the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation. This shows everyone our steadfastness in upholding the norms, in upholding the principles of international law. This shows everyone that we will not allow the restriction of freedom of navigation in the Black Sea and the usurpation of the sovereign right of Ukraine as a maritime coastal state, “Zelensky stressed.
“Sea Breeze-2021”: what you need to know
The international exercise “Sea Breeze-2021” started on June 28 in Odessa. This is the largest training in 20 years.
According to Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Russia is trying to counter the Sea Breeze 2021 exercise in all possible ways and has launched the entire Black Sea Fleet to observe international naval maneuvers.
Certificate. Sea Breese is a multinational military exercise that has been held in Ukraine since 1997. The organizers of the exercises are Ukraine and the United States.
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