US Cancels Warships Deployment to Black Sea

If you thought something was going to go off sailing into the Black Sea kill zone would be the last thing you would do

The United States has cancelled the deployment of two warships to the Black Sea, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, amid concerns over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.

Washington and NATO have been alarmed by the build-up near Ukraine and in Crimea, the peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Last week, Turkey said Washington would send two warships to the Black Sea, in a decision Russia called an unfriendly provocation.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara had notified Turkey’s foreign ministry of the move, the sources said, but did not provide a reason. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency later reported that no new notices had been conveyed to Ankara for potential deployments at later dates.

U.S. officials said that Turkey may have misunderstood the initial notification and the deployment was never confirmed.

They said the United States frequently notifies Turkey for potential access to the Black Sea. But a request does not necessarily mean its ships will pass through, but rather ensures that if they choose to, they already have the required approval.

Russia, which warned Washington to stay far away from Crimea and its Black Sea coast, says the build-up is a three-week snap military drill to test combat readiness in response to what it calls threatening behaviour from NATO. It has said the exercise is due to wrap up within two weeks.

Ahead of the notification about U.S. warships, Russia’s navy on Wednesday began a drill in the Black Sea that rehearsed firing at surface and air targets. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Moscow on Tuesday to end its troop build-up.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for the “worrying” developments in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region to come to an end.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian borders.

Biden, in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle disputes and told Moscow to reduce tensions over Ukraine, the White House said.

Source: Reuters

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ken
ken
21 days ago

“Biden, in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle disputes and told Moscow to reduce tensions over Ukraine, the White House said.”

Estranged: Having become a stranger, of one who formerly was close, as a relative, friend, lover, or spouse

1st. When were they ever close? lol.

2nd. Washington gun running tons of illegal weapons to the Ukie Nazis. Training the Ukie Nazis. Funding the Ukie Nazis. Guaranteeing the Ukie Nazis security.

The indispensable woke nation and its poodles will rapidly find out how dispensable they are if they decide to go up against Russia.

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Ronnie
Ronnie
18 days ago
Reply to  ken

Who would have thought this would be the “future’” America was fighting for on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.

Mar
Mar
15 days ago
Reply to  Ronnie

LOL America didn’t do squat crap other than wait out like cowards and attacks the weakest of the german forces don’t elate yourself zionist fodder
your master held the reign during WWII

Jerry Hood
Jerry Hood
21 days ago

Pres.Putin should publicly announce that ” he won’t sprak to illegal squatter” in the White House!!! That could be the best ” revange” to that Senile,Sleepy Joe! It could even kill him from maddness, that Putin beat him once more!!!

Mr Reynard
Mr Reynard
20 days ago
Reply to  Jerry Hood

Yupp Good Idea.. Let’s hope that Vladimir will follow it ..

GMC
GMC
20 days ago

I hope President Putin would think twice about meeting Biden. The sleazebags would kill both Biden and Putin and blame it on some proxy army from the mid east – and the US would wash their hands of any guilt. No Dice – No more meetings. Live Debates from their own countries – No Problem.

Ronnie
Ronnie
18 days ago

America has become sooooo embarrassing, predictable and laughable. Bullies scream, yell and threaten when someone steps up to them.
If it kicks off in Nazi Ukraine then Taiwan is a give. When the Hampton’s, Manhattan and the Belt Way know they are the first civilian targets on nuke list attitude adjustment all round. Then Fried rice nukes slam into the land of the West Coast sodomites….Biden’s diapers runneth over.
Putin has clearly said..”No Russia no planet.”
IT IS THAT SERIOUS.

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