Daily US Times: Amid Russia’s increased military presence on Ukraine’s eastern border, the US is considering sending warships into the Black Sea in the next few weeks in a show of support for Ukraine. A US defense official told.
The US Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea, but a deployment of US warships now would send a specific message to Russia that the US is closely watching, according to the official.
Under a 1936 treaty giving Turkey control of the straits to enter the sea., the United States is required to give 14 days notice of its intention to enter the Black Sea. It is not clear if a notice has yet been sent.
The Defense official also said the US Navy is continuing to fly reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea to monitor Russian troops movements in Crimea and their naval activity.
Two US B-1 bombers conducted missions over the Aegean Sea on Wednesday.
Although the US doesn’t see the amassing of Russian forces as posturing for an offensive action, the official siad, “if something changes we will be ready to respond.”
The official said that their current assessment is that the Russians are conducting exercises and training and intelligence has not indicated military orders for further action, but noted that they are well-aware that could change at any time.
The US and the international community have expressed concerns about mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine.