Amid British hysteria about the asymmetric response of the Russians following the violation of its territorial waters on June 23, there is information about the other single provocations of NATO warships near the Russian borders.
On June 24, Russian Su-30 fighters and Su-24 bombers flew near the Dutch Navy frigate Evertsen, following the frigate’s move towards the Crimean eastern coast. This was announced on Tuesday, June 29, by the Russian Defense Ministry.
The Dutch frigate Evertsen, which was sailing in international waters, changed its course and headed towards the Kerch Strait.
In order to prevent violation of the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, Su-30 fighters and Su-24 bombers took the air and flew near a Dutch Navy warship. The Evertsen was forced to change its course from the border of the Russian Federation and followed its route, the Defense Ministry claimed.
The flights of Russian aircraft were carried out in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace, the ministry stressed.
Earlier this day, the acting Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Ank Beileveld-Schouten, said that the country’s authorities intend to discuss with Russia the incident in the Black Sea, during which, according to the Dutch side, Russian fighters created an emergency for the Evertsen frigate.
According to the Dutch side, Russian planes were armed with bombs and air-to-ground missiles and carried out simulated attacks.
RIA Novosti: The Dutch frigate Evertsen, which was in neutral waters in the Black Sea, changed course on June 24 and began to move towards the Kerch Strait. To prevent the violation of the border by the Dutch Navy ship, Su-30 fighters and Su-24 bombers took off. pic.twitter.com/yaFGh5sNen
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) June 29, 2021
On June 30, the U.S. Navy announced that despite the reports and tracking services information, the ship is in the port of Odessa and would remain there for the foreseeable future.
— Exercise Sea Breeze (@ExSeaBreeze) June 29, 2021
At the moment, a U.S. destroyer is holding a demonstration near Sevastopol. Alone again. NATO is trying to test the reaction of the Russians in the conditions of nautical twilight.
According to MarineTraffic AIS data, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) is currently sailing southeast through Black Sea waters, close to Crimea’s coast.
USS Ross arrived in the Ukrainian port of Odesa a few days ago to take part in the SEA BREEZE 21 exercise. pic.twitter.com/WU9JIA77Em
— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) June 29, 2021
The NATO command is certainly informed about the devastated advantage of Russian forces and means in this part of the Black Sea. At the same time, a small group of NATO warships in three units separates and appears and at different time in different areas in the Northern Black Sea at a distance of hundreds of nautical miles from each other. They separately perform provocative actions aimed at irritating the Russian side.
It is obvious that the NATO naval command is confident that the Russian side would not undertake a hot response a direct military action at these targets.
According to the available information, there are two following conclusions:
- the presence of the group of NATO warships has exclusively provocative goals;
- the NATO command is afraid to demonstrate to Russia any other intentions, such as working out the combat interaction of their warships near Russian territorial waters, amid the threat of active Russian counteraction.
Thus, everything that we are observing at the moment has resulted only in news hooks that excite the BBC and СNN readers.
Another siege of Sevastopol should not be expected. If the Russians will not conduct retaliatory exercises off the coasts of Romania and Ukraine, this will once again demonstrate the Kremlin’s peaceful intentions.
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