For the operation of Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, it is necessary to organize patrols by ships of the naval forces (Navy) of other states. This was announced on Friday, June 24, by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry emphasized the importance of safe passage of ships to the port of Odessa, and also noted the need to ensure the safety of ships when transporting agricultural products, reports TASS.
To guarantee this security, Kyiv insists on an “international operation under the auspices of the UN”, which would involve a coalition of states ready to send their navies to ensure the passage of ships with grain.
However, no country has so far confirmed its readiness to participate in such an operation, Kuleba admitted. However, “negotiations are ongoing with them and we are exploring any possible solution,” the Ukrainian minister said.
Earlier, Washington assured that the United States Navy would not be present in the Black Sea region for the foreseeable future in order to avoid the risk of an aggravation of the situation. The US Navy will be at this stage “keep out of the Black Sea”since from the point of view of the risk of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine, this region is quite close to the war zone, the command said.