MOSCOW, Russia – After the incident with Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, the US is preparing to send a warship to the Black Sea, CNN reported citing sources.
According to the news, the US Armed Forces have sent a request to the State Department to notify Turkey of plans on the US side.
“The United States is carrying out its activities under the terms of the Montreux Convention, but we will not comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Turkish government,” the State Department told the media.
Analyst Igor Korotchenko suggested what the purpose of American plans is.
“For the United States, a more or less permanent military presence in the Black Sea [even if it is on a rotating basis, since the Montreux Convention forbids them from having a permanent presence], showing its flag there, is a political issue,” said Korotchenko.
For the Russian expert, these American politico-military demonstrations serve only to “show their determination to contain Russia.”
“In this case, it is also the support for Ukraine and its inglorious operation in the Kerch Strait, which ended in failure. In this regard, we must be prepared for any provocations, any persistent actions by the US. And we must be ready to stop them. Our military will not allow Americans to see the Black Sea as a region where they can act as they see fit,” he said.
On 25 November, three Ukrainian navy ships violated the Russian border, entering temporarily closed areas of the Russian territorial sea as they followed the Black Sea to the Kerch Strait. Due to the illegal maneuvers, the vessels were detained along with their 24 Ukrainian sailors, and these were processed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the provocation incident and considered it a pretext for martial law to be introduced in Ukraine before the country’s presidential election amid the low approval rating of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko .