The exercises were discussed on the G20 sidelines in the Chinese Hangzhou. The Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Monday that the drills would 'affect interests of no one and are beneficial to security of both China and Russia'. According to the Pacific Fleet spokesman, destroyers Admiral Vinogradov, Admiral Tributs, large landing ship Peresvet, tugboat Alatau, and tanker Pechenga are bound for the South China Sea. The drills are to be held at the Zhanjiang naval base.
The US has already accused China and Russia of their 'intention to aggravate complicated state of affairs in the South China Sea'. At the same time the Pentagon makes no secret of the fact that the US ships will control waters of the South China Sea on a permanent basis. The US Navy has 7 ships in the region - the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, 2 cruisers and 4 destroyers. The American nuclear submarine Mississippi, equipped with cruise missiles, also patrols the waters.
Washington will not defend Ukraine from Russia. Rising tensions in the Donbass help the Americans strive for their own far-reaching goals in the international arena