The US military has asked the US State Department to inform Turkey about its possible plans to sail a warship into the Black Sea, and three US officials have notified CNN. This is a response to Russia's actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait. which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that its forces in East Crimea, which had expropriated Moscow from Ukraine in 2014, had conducted a military exercise using the Pantsir flare-rocket systems.
The Russian Foreign Ministry Affairs on Wednesday also claimed that the Ukrainian government had "actively prepared" for a military offensive in eastern Ukraine, taking cover of the recent proclamation of martial law in selected regions.
"Substantial offensive components are being transferred to the region." Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press conference Wednesday, "The US must inform Turkey about the passage through the Montreux Strait, a 1
Under the rules of the treaty land A country that has no coastline on the Black Sea, Turkey must at least 15 days before the crossing
"Ready to Response"
A State Department spokesman said, "The United States is carrying out its activities in accordance with the provisions of the Montreux Convention. However, we will not comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Turkish Government.
Two of the officers said the notification was to allow the Navy to move a warship into the area, but this option would not necessarily be selected.
"Our 6th US fleet is Always ready to respond when called, "said Cdr. Kyle Raines, a spokesman for the fleet, which oversees naval operations in the region.
" We routinely "take action to improve safety and stability throughout the area. United States fleet to include the international waters and Black Sea airspace, "Raines told CNN. "We reserve the right to act freely in accordance with international law and standards," he added.
Planning is taking place against the background of intensified tensions between Washington and Moscow in a series of problems.
The US warship carried out a so-called "Freedom of Navigation Operation" to push back the Russian claims against the water. A spokesman told CNN on Wednesday that Moscow is raising claims to areas far beyond the 12 miles of the Russian coast, which are guaranteed by international law.
The USS "McCampbell sailed near Peter the Great Bay to dispute Russia's excessive maritime claims and to uphold the rights, freedoms, and legitimate uses of the sea that the United States and other nations enjoy," Marine Lt. Rachel McMarr, a spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement.
Clash in Kerch
On November 25, Russia was in a confrontation with Ukrainian ships around the Kerch Strait connecting the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Russia rammed and shot at Ukrainian naval vessels, subsequently captured three ships and arrested 24 officers. Ukraine imposed martial law in several regions of the country for 30 days, banning the entry of Russian citizens between the ages of 16 and 60 for the duration of the state of emergency.
Russia's actions and the imprisonment of Ukrainian sailors prompted President Donald Trump to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 in Argentina.
"Due to the fact that the ships and sailors were not returned from Russia to Ukraine, I decided that this would be best for all those who had canceled my previously planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Argentina," Tweeted Trump of Air Force One on the way to Argentina.
Ukraine says Russia has blocked traffic around the Kerch Strait, but Russia says that the passage works as usual, except for weather-related delays.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday at a NATO conference in Brussels that the Alliance "will develop a series of reactions that will show the Russians that this behavior is unacceptable".
Russia has "partially cleared" the ports of Ukraine on the Sea of Azov, which will allow vessel traffic through Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said on Tuesday in a statement published on the Ministry's website.
The last US ship The Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October. The USS Carney, a missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, left the Black Sea in late August.
According to the rules of the Montreux Convention, US ships can only spend 21 days in the Black Sea.