The United States may enter warships into the Black Sea due to Russia's actions on the Ukrainian border
The United States is considering sending warships to the Black Sea in the next few weeks as a sign of support for Ukraine amid Russia's increased military presence on Ukraine's eastern border. The publication told about this in more detail. CNN.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Defense, the US naval forces usually operate in the Black Sea, but the deployment of warships will now be a signal to Moscow.
The United States is obliged to give 14 days' notice of its intention to enter the Black Sea in accordance with the 1936 agreement, according to which Turkey controls the straits to enter the sea. It is unclear whether such a notification was sent.
A Defense Department spokesman said the Navy continues to launch reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea to monitor Russian Navy activities and any troop movements in Crimea.
On Wednesday, April 7, two American B-1 bombers flew over the Aegean Sea.
While the US does not view the Russian troop buildup as an offensive attempt, the official said that "if something changes, we will be ready to respond." According to their current estimates, the Russians are conducting exercises and intelligence has not issued military orders for further action, the official said, but noted that they are well aware and the situation could change at any moment.
The administration of US President Joe Biden and the international community have expressed concern about growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Department of Defense Chief Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milli and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan have been talking to their Ukrainian counterparts.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russia's actions.
“The United States is increasingly concerned about the recent escalation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, including Russia's movements along the border with Ukraine. Russia now has more troops on its border with Ukraine than at any time since 2014. This week alone, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed - all these are very dangerous signs, ”Psaki stressed.
She also said that the review of the Russian government's actions would be completed in "weeks, not months." The Pentagon and State Department have also expressed concern about Russia's behavior in eastern Ukraine.
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“We are concerned about the recent escalation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, including credible reports of Russian troop movements on the borders of Ukraine and in occupied Crimea,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“We asked Russia to give an explanation for these provocations, but, most importantly, we gave a direct message to our Ukrainian partners — this is a reassuring signal,” he explained.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that it is important "for all parties to comply with the Minsk agreements" and "for Russia to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw troops to de-escalate the situation, a German government spokesman said. According to the announcement of the call, Putin accused Kiev of "provocative actions."
There is not a single mention in the Kremlin's account of Merkel telling Putin to withdraw Russian troops. Voice of America.
In addition, it notes that Moscow, under certain conditions, is considering the possibility of open military intervention in Ukraine.
Dmitry Kozak, deputy chief of staff of the Russian president, said that Russia "will be forced to defend its citizens in the territory of Donbass."
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