Britain Makes Deal to Supply Warships, Build Naval Bases for Ukraine as NATO Prepares to Conduct Black Sea War Games with Kiev
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Ukraine announced that it will be expanding its already extensive naval cooperation with Britain, with the two countries signing a joint memorandum which will see the UK design and construct ships and bases for Kiev.
The agreement also comes a week before the Ukrainian Navy is due to conduct war games with NATO ships in the Black Sea, as part of Exercise Sea Breeze 2021.
The latest memorandum means that Ukraine and the UK will soon cooperate on the joint design and construction of warships. Furthermore, Britain will assist Kiev in rebuilding its shipbuilding industry and help Ukraine break ground on two new naval bases.
As part of the deal, Britain is obliged to transfer two Sandown-class minehunters to the Ukrainian Navy. The boats, currently in service in the British, Saudia Arabian, and Estonian navies, are small but effective vessels with mine-hunting sonar and mine-disposal equipment. In 2021, the UK decided it would decommission all Sandown-class ships and replace them with automated systems. Instead, two will be sent to Kiev.
Conflict by proxy continues to escalate.
June 28, 2021 at 3:13 PM #431940jbnwParticipant
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Ukraine and the United States will start a military exercise involving more than 30 countries in the Black Sea and southern Ukraine on Monday, despite Russian calls to cancel the drills.
Sea Breeze 2021 follows a rise in tensions between NATO and Moscow, which said last week it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Black Sea waters off the coast of Crimea.
Russia’s embassy in Washington called last week for the drills to be cancelled, and the Russian defence ministry said it would react if necessary to protect its own national security.
June 28, 2021 at 3:35 PM #431946Ohio BarbarianModerator
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They’re not exactly offensive weapons. That said, this effort to get Ukraine into an anti-Russian NATO alliance is just plain foolhardy.
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June 28, 2021 at 4:06 PM #431955soryangParticipant
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The UK is ready to fight to the last dead allied soldier and sailor.
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