The project to “protect” Ukrainian courts in the Kerch Strait, announced by the US Permanent Representative to NATO, Kay Hutchison, does not have a military perspective, says Alexander Mozgovoy, specialist in the Navy and editor in chief of the National Defense magazine.
“The special status of the Azov Sea, this is the internal reservoir of Russia and Ukraine, and without the permission of both states, foreign ships – and especially warships – cannot get there. Ukraine, of course, will give permission, but Russia – just as obviously – no, ”said Mozgovoy.
However, NATO can assist Ukraine in strengthening its navy. The United States is already actively working in this direction: they actually donated speedboats to the Ukrainian sailors, armed with 25-mm automatic cannons. And even paid for their transportation to the Black Sea – on this account a special law was issued on providing additional military-technical assistance to Kiev worth $ 10 million. That is how much shipping boats. The ships themselves are being refurbished in the USA.
Kiev also announced its intention to purchase minesweepers in Denmark. The modularity of these ships is in their modular design: today they are minesweepers, and tomorrow they can be equipped with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
“Even in this case, the Black Sea Fleet will easily cope with the Ukrainian ships in battle. But it will become more difficult to intercept them and push them out without blood, ”the expert continued.
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