Moscow’s diplomats in Washington have reacted furiously to the most recent in a sequence of army drills carried out by American sailors off Russia’s southern coast, which is almost 9,000km away from the US mainland.
On Wednesday, the US Navy introduced that it had carried out maneuvers within the Black Sea, becoming a member of Turkish vessels “in an integrated surface, air and subsurface warfare exercise.” It mentioned the present of drive with one other member of the NATO army bloc “enhanced combined tactical command and control proficiency.”
However, Moscow’s delegation warned that the move was a worrying escalation in the direction of a battle between Russia and the West. “It looks like the US 6th fleet can’t wait to find an enemy in the Black Sea,” officers mentioned in an announcement on Thursday. “It is desperately looking for a pretext – now openly under the banner of warfare exercises – for ramping up presence in the region.”
It seems to be like sixth Fleet can’t wait to seek out an enemy within the #BlackSea. It desperately seems to be for a pretext – now brazenly underneath the banner of warfare train – for ramping up presence within the area. https://t.co/QaXy3NCVKY
— Russian Embassy in USA (@RusEmbUSA) February 10, 2021
In an additional warning, the embassy in Washington known as on the American excessive command “to stop recklessly saber-rattling and mind their business in the territorial waters of the United States.” It added that “the peace and security of the Black Sea needs no alien interference.”
On Tuesday, at a joint press convention with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denis Shmigal, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg mentioned that “we have seen a significant Russian buildup in the Black Sea, not least with the illegal annexation of Crimea, and also with more naval presence in the year.”
“NATO has increased its military presence in the Black Sea region,” he mentioned, “because we recognize the great strategic importance of this region for all NATO allies but also of course for our close partner, Ukraine.”
In November, a US naval warship sparked a diplomatic incident by crossing into what Russia considers to be its territorial waters off the Far East capital of Vladivostok. The USS John S McCain, a specialist fight ship designed to hunt submarines, was working within the Sea of Japan earlier than it was picked up two kilometers contained in the internationally acknowledged maritime border. According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, a Russian vessel threatened “the potential of resorting to ramming to force the trespasser out of the territory.”
The US Navy claimed in an announcement on the time that the vessel’s so-called “freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”
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