- PressTV Published on Dec 17, 2018
Moscow says it’s deploying ten fighter jets to Crimea as tension is rising between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian defense ministry said the fighter jets will be permanently stationed in the Belbek air base in Crimea. It comes after Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Kiev of preparing an armed provocation near the borders of Crimea before the end of the year. Tensions between the two countries flared in November after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships that had illegally entered the Russian waters, off the coast of the Crimean peninsula. Kiev said Moscow blocked the vessels from passing into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait. Tensions have been high around the Black Sea since Crimea rejoined Russia following a referendum in 2014.