During a meeting with the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense, Anatoliy Petrenko, representatives of the German government assured their readiness to support Ukraine and to send German warships to the Black Sea region to deter Russian aggression.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service reports that the Ukrainian delegation in Germany discussed the Ukrainian security question with the Commissioner for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, German Foreign Minister Michael Siebert and with Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn.
The parties also discussed the prospects for the introduction of peacemakers in eastern Ukraine and Azov. German officials emphasized that Berlin will continue to seek the release of the Ukrainian Navy sailors who were captured by Russia in the Kerch Strait.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated that the results of the meeting will be taken into consideration in the military-political dialogue at the Munich Security Conference with the participation of the Defense Ministers.
On January 7, the landing ship of the 6th US Navy fleet, USS Fort McHenry entered the Black Sea to participate in naval military exercises with Romania.
On January 17, the United States sent the missile destroyer USS Donald Cook DDG75 to the Black Sea to “ensure stability in the Black Sea region”. A few days later, the American destroyer moored in Georgia.