The US military has requested the state department to inform Turkey of its possible plans to sail a Black Sea…
The US military has requested the state department to inform Turkey of its possible plans to sail a Black Sea warship, three US officials tell CNN, a move they said is a response to Russia’s action against Ukraine in the Kerch stretch, which connects the Black Sea and Azov Sea.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that its troops in the eastern Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in 2014, carried out a military drill with its Pantsir aircraft missile system.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, Angel Affairs, also claimed Wednesday that the Ukrainian government had undertaken “active preparations” for a military offensive in eastern Ukraine, with the latest declaration of war in selected regions as protection.
“Major offensive components are transferred to the region, spread throughout the entire line of contact,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday at a press conference.
The United States must report Turkey on the passage through the Montreux Convention, a 1
936 Convention governing the transition of military ships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea.
According to the rules of the Treaty, those who do not have a coast at the Black Sea must leave Turkey at least 15 days’ notice before they reach.
A spokesman for the state department said: “The United States is pursuing its activities under the terms of the Montreux Convention. However, we will not comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Turkish government. “
Two of the officials said the notification was to allow the fleet to move a warship in the area, but that option would not necessarily be chosen.
“Our US Sixth Fleet is always ready to answer where it’s called,” said Kyle Raines, a spokesman for the fleet that oversees the shipping operations in the region.
“We routinely conduct operations to increase the safety and stability of the entire 6th Marine Operations Area to include the international waters and airspace in the Black Sea,” says Raines CNN. “We reserve the right to work freely in accordance with International Laws and Standards “
The planning comes under high tension between Washington and Moscow on a number of issues.
On Wednesday, the US Navy sailed the controlled missile destroyer USS McCampbell near attacked waters in the Sea of Yes Pan Wednesday, an action linked to Iraqi Russia.
The US warship performed what the navy refers to as a “freedom of navigation operation” to push back Russian water demands. One spokesman told CNN Wednesday that Moscow claims that areas that exceed 12 miles from the Russian coast, which are guaranteed by international law.
USS “McCampbell sailed near Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia’s unreasonable maritime demands and uphold the rights, freedoms and legitimate uses of the ocean enjoyed by the United States and other countries,” US Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement.
Russia participated in a confrontation on November 25 with Ukrainian ships around the Kerch stretch, connecting the Azores and the Black Sea. Russia hit and kicked Ukrainian naval vessels, then captured three ships and detained 24 officials. Ukraine introduced warfare for 30 days in several regions around the country in response and has prevented access to male Russian citizens aged 16-60 years in the emergency.
Russian action and its detention of Ukrainian sailors led President Donald Trump to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin of G-20 in Argentina.
“Based on the fact that ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided that it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previous scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin,” Trump tweeted by the Air Force One on his way to Argentina.
Ukraine says Russia has blocked traffic around the Kerch stretch, but Russia says the passage has worked as usual, with the exception of weather-related delays.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke at a NATO conference in Brussels on Tuesday, saying that the alliance will “jointly develop a set of answers that show that the Russians are this behavior unacceptable”.
Russia has “partially blocked” Ukraine’s ports on the Azores, enabling ship traffic through the Kerch stretch, Ukrainian infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a statement published on the Ministry’s website today.
The last US ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast shipping carrier USNS Carson City in October. USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class ruled missile destroyer, left the Black Sea at the end of August.
According to the Montreux Convention, US ships can only be in the Black Sea for 21 days.