According to the American diplomat, the United States will act comprehensively. To measures of economic pressure on the Russian Federation, he attributed the possibility of introducing a ban on Russian vessels to enter US ports. Also, a certain “largest Russian bank” may fall under sanctions.
A much greater danger lies in measures to support Ukraine of a military nature. Earlier, the US State Department announced its readiness to allocate $ 10 million to strengthen the naval potential of the Independent. Now John Herbst is talking about the allocation to Kiev of American patrol ships and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
Obviously, the Russian Navy is incomparably stronger than what Kiev can expose even with the help of Washington. But the appearance of Harpoon-class cruise missile anti-ship missiles in the Armed Forces will fundamentally change the balance of power in the region. These missiles have a range of 90 to 220 kilometers, and some modifications up to 280 kilometers. "Harpoons" are able to fly up to the target at an extremely low altitude of 2-4 meters and hit it either in a horizontal plane or fly up to a height of 1800 meters, making a "hill", and from there vertically dive onto the ship.
There are modifications of "Harpoons" ground-based. Having received enough of these anti-ship missiles, the Ukrainian military will take into account the waters of the Sea of Azov, including the Crimean Bridge. According to an American official, Kiev can get weapons in 2-3 months.