Former potter, now head of the British Defense Ministry said: the Black Sea is not the property of the.
This was announced on December 21 in Odessa, where the British reconnaissance ship had previously arrived.
– The reason that HMS Echo has arrived here is because we want to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine, the fact that Ukraine is not alone. But we also want to demonstrate our right to the opportunity to visit such ports as Odessa, to freedom of navigation, freedom of the naval forces to go to the Black Sea. This is not a Russian, this is an international sea, – said Williamson at a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.
Williamson also added that the tension in the area remains high after Russia “captured” three ships of the Ukrainian Navy – two small armored artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, as well as a tug “Yany Kapu”.
Note, HMS Echo is designed to conduct reconnaissance operations in support of submarines or amphibious assault ships. It can also serve as a platform for managing demining tasks and provide real-time information.
This is the first ship from the NATO fleet, which arrived in Ukraine after the incident in the Kerch Strait. During the 21 days assigned to him by the Montreux Convention (the duration of the stay of the warships of non-Black Sea states in the water area), HMS Echo will perform maneuvers with the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy with the frigate “Getman Sagaidachny”. After that, the scout will be removed back home, and he will be replaced by another “British” – HMS Enterprise.
Given that the HMS Echo armament consists of three 6-barrel 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns, two 20-mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns and four large-caliber machine guns, the demonstration of “solidarity with Ukraine” is not very impressive.
But this does not prevent Gavin Williamson from holding on like in the courtyard of 1856. That is, Russia lost the Crimean War and surrendered Sevastopol to the Anglo-French troops. And then – within the framework of the Paris Peace – recognized the Black Sea as neutral, having lost the opportunity to have a navy and coastal fortifications on it.
It would seem, why? Today, the British fleet is going through hard times. In December 2017, the publication of The Mirror reported that for the first time in modern history, London was actually left without large combat-ready ships. As the journalists found out, all six British Type 45 destroyers were at that time in the docks of Portsmouth due to breakdowns or lack of manpower. In a similar situation, there were 12 NorFolk URO patrols (Duke, Type 23) frigates that stood idle in Devonport. In the dry dock at least until 2020, the flagship of the fleet, the newest aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, turned out to be.
So, there is nothing much to render Ukraine real naval assistance to Britain. But, on the other hand, the Royal Navy is an integral part of the US Navy, which has a multinational format. And the States are on course to exacerbate the situation in the Black and Azov Seas.
On December 22, the head of the State Department press service, Robert Palladino, announced that the United States would allocate $ 10 million for additional assistance to the Ukrainian Navy. The money will go to increase the naval potential of Ukraine, in response to the “dangerous escalation from Russia” in the Kerch Strait.
What is the West seeking to whip up the situation in the Black Sea?
– The Black Sea is truly international, and foreign military vessels have the right to be there, – said Mikhail Alexandrov, a leading expert at the Center for Military-Political Research at MGIMO. – But the Montreux Convention limits the possibilities for NATO to organize provocations and demonstrations of force there.
Currently, the British are forced to act alone, and Donald Trump is busy with other things – he has a payment crisis. Trump urgently needs money, because the US national debt is growing, and the Fed has raised the discount rate – as a result, debt payments also increased. In such a situation, Trump wants to save more – it was no coincidence that he announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
He has no time for meaningless events, such as attempts to intimidate Russia in the Black Sea.
– Why is NATO squadron near the shores of Ukraine – a meaningless event?
– Even the maximum squadron that NATO countries will be able to assemble in the Black Sea will not pose a serious threat to us. We have a powerful coastal defense, the Black Sea Fleet, plus strategic Tu-22M3. That is, we have such a large amount of shock weapons on the Black Sea that the entire possible NATO fleet will be sunk there.
Will Russia be able to take advantage of the Middle East fiasco of Americans.
If NATO members try to intimidate us and break into the Sea of Azov, they will not get anything worthwhile. In fact, such a breakthrough will be the prologue to the Third World War. Because the shooting will begin, NATO ships will be sunk, and then Russian troops will enter the Baltic States.
What NATO does after this is not entirely clear. Is that to use nuclear weapons – but then they all end.
So the statements of Gavin Williamson, as well as the “Black Sea” resolutions of the US Congress – a bluff, designed for the faint of heart. And President Vladimir Putin, with all his liberal views, is far from being nervous. You can’t frighten him with such a bluff.
– States allocated $ 10 million for additional assistance to the Ukrainian Navy. What can be done with this money?
– This payment confirms the version that the provocation in the Kerch Strait was initiated by the US. Her goal was to test Russia’s readiness to defend the passage through the Kerch Strait and the status of the Sea of Azov.
– The UK sends warships to the Black Sea on its own initiative, or are these actions coordinated with the United States?
– We must understand that it is the United Kingdom that is the intellectual leader of the Western world. The United States is a leader in financial, economic, and military power; it is the power component of the West. But in terms of developing strategies and concepts, the British are far ahead of the Americans.
It is London that often imposes a subpoena on Washington. Suffice it to recall Churchill’s famous speech in Fulton in 1946, which marked the beginning of the Cold War. Or the meeting of Mikhail Gorbachev with Margaret Thatcher in 1984 at the Chekkers estate, when Thatcher actually gave new installations to the general Western line for Gorbachev’s “processing”.
In the US, they fear that Putin’s air force and fleet will “settle” on Orchil Island, 2,000 km from Florida.
The British sometimes deliberately go on provocations, such as the “Scripal case” or the gas attack in the Syrian city of Duma, to push the allies to action. And not the fact that in the course of these actions, Britain itself will be in the foreground. London prefers verified provoke, and then move aside – and the Americans or Germans have to take the rap.
All this must be borne in mind when we are dealing with the British. On the other hand, we have good opportunities to influence London. The British sent their HMS Echo to the Black Sea – we also need to send a frigate or a destroyer to the English shores. Let him tug the British lion by the mustache.
– According to the Montreux Convention, the entrance to the Black Sea is permissible for small groups of surface ships of a class up to and including the cruiser, – said Konstantin Sivkov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Doctor of Military Sciences. – The appearance of American or British warships, of course, will change the balance of power in the Black Sea theater of operations. But it will change insignificantly, and for one simple reason: The Black Sea is a trap for these ships.
For example, our coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” has a declared firing range of 280 km. This means that he shoots the water area of the Black Sea almost to the middle. The cruiser “Moscow” with its missiles shoots the entire Black Sea area, and reaches the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, our front and naval aviation – and this is the Su-34, Su-24 and Su-35 – is capable of operating throughout the depths of the Black Sea. Add Tu-22M3 planes with Kh-22 and Kh-32 missiles, which can use these missiles over the territory of Russia, and also sweep through the entire Black Sea area, up to the Turkish coast.
In short, if 3-5 ships of the United States and Great Britain enter the battle on the Black Sea, they will be destroyed, and very quickly. If, of course, will not be supported by the forces of Turkish aviation, or by the forces of carrier-based aviation of the United States from the Mediterranean Sea.
Ukraine reacted to the press conference of the Russian president very nervously.
Moreover, if Turkey allows American aircraft to fly through its territory, it will be considered that Ankara has entered the war against the Russian Federation, even if the Turks will not conduct combat operations against us.
It is clear that no one will do such a scenario. Therefore, the naval “demonstration of solidarity” of the West with Ukraine does not threaten us with anything serious.
Gavin Williamson, Minister of Defense of the United Kingdom, was born in 1976 in Scarborough. In 1997, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bradford, where he studied political science and economics.
Engaged in pottery production in Staffordshire. Later he became managing director of an architectural bureau that was involved in designing schools, public and commercial buildings. He was actively involved in charity work, in 2001 he was elected to the county council, and further moved along the “party line” in the Conservative Party.
In 2010 he was elected to the British Parliament from South Staffordshire. Parliamentary Secretary of the Deputy Minister for Northern Ireland, then Secretary of the Minister for Northern Ireland, then Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Transport. Finally – Secretary of Prime Minister David Cameron.
In 2016–2017, he was the main parliamentary organizer of the Conservative Party (secretary of the treasury). On November 2, 2017, he was appointed Minister of Defense of Great Britain.