The Kremlin describes Ukraine-U.S. drills Sea Breeze 2018 as an attempt to provoke tensions. This is mentioned in the message on the website of Russia's foreign ministry.
'We consider holding the drills as an attempt to once again provoke the tensions - not only in southeastern Ukraine but also the Black Sea region in general. The responsibility for any possible negative consequences lies with the countries, which drag Ukraine into the dangerous games with fire, constantly blaming Russia for threatening the regional stability', the message says.
The Russian authority added that under these conditions, any attempts to project power are not likely to help stabilize the situation in this area. 'Those of Ukraine's partners who support the 'party of war', which dreams of all sorts of blitzkriegs, should understand this', Russia's Foreign Ministry insisted.
Ukraine-U.S. drills Sea Breeze 2018 kicked off in Odesa.
On July 9, Sea Breeze 2018, the U.S.-Ukrainian naval drills began in Odesa, the major port city in southern Ukraine. The exercise will be running until July 21, covering the northwestern waters of the Black Sea, as well as seaports, airports and firing ranges in Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson region. Rear Admiral of Ukraine's Navy Oleksiy Neyizhpapa and U.S. Navy Captain Matthew Liman are the co-commanding officers in charge of the exercise.
This year's Sea Breeze involves 30 vessels from naval forces of 19 countries, including a Turkish submarine. An important feature of the exercise is that the multinational staff will be coordinating the actions of naval, air and ground forces from USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the 6th U.S. Navy Fleet.