Most part of the ships participating in the international exercise Sea Breeze will stay in the Black Sea for “some more time” to participate in maneuvers in Bulgaria. The statement was made during the telephone briefing on Friday, July 9, by the representative of command of the exercises, US Navy Captain Stuart Bauman.
“Most of the ships that participated in the Sea Breeze exercise will also participate in the Bulgarian-led Breeze exercise. Thus, the ships will continue to remain in the Black Sea for some more time. However, this will not violate the time limit stipulated by the Montreux Convention,” TASS quoted Bauman as saying.
He added that the Sea Breeze maneuvers went “successfully.” Washington is looking forward to holding a new round of these exercises in 2022, Bauman noted.
“There were at least two instances of communications with Russian warships not participating in the exercise during Sea Breeze. All of these communications were conducted in a routine and professional manner,” concluded a spokesman for the exercise command.
From June 28 to July 10 in the Black Sea waters annual naval exercises Sea Breeze take place. Their participants practice combat operations at sea, on land and in the air, including landing troops, antisubmarine and antiaircraft warfare. Five thousand troops, 40 aircraft and 32 ships from 32 countries, including Ukraine, the United States and members of NATO, are taking part in the exercise.
On the day the exercise started, the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on military security and arms control insisted that the scale and aggressiveness of Sea Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea was not conducive to security in the region.