The Pentagon commented on the dispatch of warships to the Black Sea / GORDON

“We regularly organize operations in the Black Sea. We recently sent ships there. This is nothing new,” Kirby said.

He noted that the United States uses its aviation and navy “where international law permits.”

At the same time, Kirby did not discuss media reports about the sending of two US Navy ships to the Black Sea next week.

At the same time, speaking about the pulling of Russian troops to the border of Ukraine, Kirby noted that the United States wants “more clarity” about the Kremlin’s intentions. This does not contribute to stability and security in the region, the Pentagon spokesman said.

Context:

  • April 9 agency Reuters and Turkish TV channel NTV citing the Turkish Foreign Ministry, it was reported that the United States had notified Ankara of sending two warships to the Black Sea… It is noted that the ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4.
  • On the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Erdogan… Among the issues that the two presidents discussed were the situation in Donbass and the Montreux Black Sea Convention. In particular, Putin emphasized the importance of preserving “in order to ensure regional stability and security” the regime of the Black Sea straits in accordance with the Montreux Convention.
  • The 1936 Montreux Convention on the Status of the Straits establishes Turkey’s sovereignty over the Bosphorus and Dardanelles and restricts the access of foreign naval ships to the Black Sea.
  • In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, in the east of Ukraine, Russia began an armed aggression. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
  • In late March – early April, the media and eyewitnesses began to publish video evidence that Russia was actively transfers military equipment to Crimea across the Kerch bridge and pulls troops to the border with Ukraine (according to American officials, the Russian Federation could transfer to the border about 4 thousand servicemen).
  • On March 30, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak confirmed that the Russian Federation builds up troops near the border with Ukraine in the south, east and north: in the Bryansk, Voronezh regions, as well as in the occupied Crimea, which “poses a threat to the military security of the state.” Ukrainian intelligence said that Russia wants to expand military presence on the territory controlled by the “DPR” and “LPR” militants through the introduction of regular units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, and did not rule out an attempt to move Russian troops deep into the territory of Ukraine.
  • Due to the escalation of the situation in Donbass, the US command in Europe announced maximum availability… Former commander of the American army in Europe Ben Hodges suggested that pulling in troops can be a “posturing of Russia” and a “test” of the administration the new president of the United States, Joe Biden.
  • April 2 took place first conversation President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Biden, he dealt primarily with the escalation of the situation in Donbass. The White House stated that Biden “reaffirmed unwavering US support sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression in the Donbass and Crimea. “

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