The HMS Echo reconnaissance ship of the British Navy, which entered the port of Odesa, is a signal to Russia, indicating support for Ukraine in the face of the threat of aggression. Minister of Defense of Great Britain Gavin Williamson said that during his visit to Ukraine, BBC reports.
"What we are saying to Russia, what we are saying to President Putin is they cannot continue to act and ignore the international laws and norms," the minister said.
According to Williamson, other warships will follow this ship as part of a more permanent British presence.
It is also reported that the Minister of Defense of Great Britain organized meetings with the families of 24 captured Ukrainian sailors.
However, the HMS Echo ship will not proceed along the Kerch Strait, where the attack on the Ukrainian military occurred. The publication reports that Moscow said that the ship of Britain was a spy vessel.
Earlier we reported that the U.S. is preparing to send a military vessel to the Black Sea.
“The U.S. military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans to sail a warship into the Black Sea, three U.S. officials tell CNN, a move they described as the response to Russia's actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov,” the message says.
This step is committed amid the escalation of tensions in the region as a reaction to Russia’s aggressive actions, which caused the attack and capture of the Ukrainian vessels and detention of sailors.
At the same time, Russia’s Defence Ministry announced the conduction of military drills in Eastern Crimea with the use of Pantsir-S1 system.
“The United States carries out its activities consistent with the terms of the Montreaux Convention. We will not, however, comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Turkey," the representative of the U.S. State Department said.