Moscow views the American-Ukrainian Sea Breeze2018 exercise as another attempt to provoke an escalation of the situation in the Black Sea, stated Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
"We view the exercises as another attempt to provoke tensions not only in the southeast of Europe but in the Black Sea in general,” Zakharova stated at a briefing. She also noted that those countries that involve Ukraine in dangerous “games with fire” and constantly accuse Russia of threatening the regional stability are responsible for any possible negative outcomes.
On July 7, two US Navy ships entered the Black Sea. The flagship of the 6th fleet, USS Mount Whitney and the destroyer USS Porter are taking part in the Sea Breeze 2018 military exercises.