Stepan Poltorak. Photo from the archive.
Exercises the Air forces of Ukraine with missile firing in the South is a planned event and not associated with NATO’s intention to strengthen its presence in the black sea region. About it in interview “Interfax-Ukraine”, said the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.
“These exercises of the Air forces have nothing to do with NATO’s intention to strengthen its forces in the black sea basin. In the Alliance see threats, see the reallocation of military facilities of the Russian Federation in the Crimea, the buildup of forces. So they adequately respond, increasing the grouping in the Black sea,” he said.
Thus Poltorak said that Ukraine is ready to cooperate with NATO in this direction. “But I think that this is possible after agreement, after a strategic decision by the countries that belong to the Alliance. We independently such decisions,” he added.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance will retain and increase its presence in the black sea region. Now the military Alliance patrol the airspace, increased the presence of the sea and carry out more exercise.
We will remind, today the practice of Air forces of Armed forces of Ukraine completed all the launches were successful.
Earlier, Russia threatened missile strike in the case of the Ukraine military exercises near the Crimea. The warning contained in the letter of the Ministry of defense of Russia, addressed to the military attaché at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation.
In response, the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that the sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation in the Black sea ends up in the middle of the Kerch Strait, and there is Ukraine to carry out missile tests is not going to.