The Black Sea Fleet is monitoring the US Coast Guard patrol ship Hamilton, the National Defense Command of the Russian Federation said. In the morning, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet announced that Hamilton was heading to the Black Sea to work with “NATO allies and partners in the region.”
“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet have begun to monitor the actions of the US Coast Guard patrol ship Hamilton, which entered the Black Sea on April 27,” TASS reports.
Earlier Russia has suspended the right of foreign warships and other state vessels to move in three regions of the Black Sea for six months. From April 24 to October 31, a section of the water area along the Crimean coast between Sevastopol and Gurzuf, a section off the coast of the Kerch Peninsula in the area of Cape Opuk and a section near the western edge of the peninsula were closed.
The US said it was deeply concerned about Russia’s decision to block the passage of foreign ships in several parts of the Black Sea, calling it an “unprovoked escalation” of the situation in the region. Ukraine expressed a “strong protest” over the closure of part of the Black Sea and demanded that restrictions be lifted.