The presence of warships and aircraft of the United States and Great Britain, as well as other NATO countries in the Black Sea region, is a guarantee of Ukraine's security, especially against the backdrop of confrontation with Russia. Writes about this Ukrainian edition "Apostrophe".
Apostrophe military expert Oleg Zhdanov said that the presence of NATO ships in or near the territorial waters of Ukraine gives guarantees of Ukraine's security. According to him, even one ship, if it belongs to one of the "developed" countries, by which the USA and Great Britain are understood, can guarantee that Russia will not attack Ukraine.
In addition, the sky of Ukraine from Russian aviation protect NATO aircraft, especially if they are American strategic bombers.
(...) ships of such developed countries as Great Britain and the United States can guarantee this (safety - approx.). Two B-52 strategic bombers can guarantee that our skies will be closed to Russian aviation
- said Zhdanov.
Zhdanov also explained that since Ukraine has a military doctrine of a defensive nature, it does not need an aircraft carrier capable of simultaneously controlling sea and sky.
We hardly need an aircraft carrier, because today we have a military doctrine of a defensive nature. (...) Therefore, it is not advisable for us to have an aircraft carrier. Planes are on land and ships are at sea. This will be enough to ensure, in particular, their interaction
- he explained.
Answering the question about the need to patrol the airspace on a permanent basis by NATO aircraft, as is done in the Baltic States, Zhdanov said that this practice is already being implemented. In particular, American Hawk drones make regular flights over the territory of Ukraine.
In fact, they are already patrolling. Not as often as we would like, but reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft today regularly patrol our space, especially the border with the Russian Federation
- he added.