In this inactive representation from video, U.S. warship USS Mount Whitney passes done Bosporus Strait successful Turkey connected Nov. 4, 2021. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)
MOSCOW—The Russian navy has started tracking a U.S. naval bid vas successful the Black Sea, quality agencies quoted the defence ministry arsenic saying connected Thursday, amid hostility implicit NATO activities adjacent Russia’s borders.
“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet person started monitoring the actions of the Mount Whitney bid ship, which entered the Black Sea portion connected Nov. 4,” TASS quality bureau quoted the defence ministry arsenic saying.
The U.S. Navy said connected Monday that the USS Mount Whitney had arrived successful Istanbul and that it would soon articulation forces with different ships successful the Black Sea.
President Vladimir Putin said connected Monday that Russian forces could observe the Mount Whitney “through binoculars oregon successful the crosshairs of [their] defence systems.”
On Tuesday, the Black Sea fleet said its ships had rehearsed destroying force targets and that aerial defence systems had been enactment connected alert astatine its bases successful Novorossiysk and connected Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed from Ukraine successful 2014.
Russia, which severed ties with NATO past month, complains often astir confederation enactment adjacent to its borders oregon successful what it regards arsenic its post-Soviet sphere of influence.
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