US Navy sends two guided-missile destroyers to Black Sea

Russia works to calm and appease Western partners whose warships enter Black Sea

Russia works to calm and appease Western partners whose warships enter Black Sea

Coinciding the US' announcement was Russia's own development in which Moscow had sent a frigate and two patrol ships for a series of exercises.

Russian Federation has viewed US ships transiting these worldwide waters as provocative, ever since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

Describing the latest development, Vice Admiral Christopher Grady, chief of the US' 6 Fleet, said in a statement: "Our decision to have two ships simultaneously operate in the Black Sea is proactive, not reactive".

The statement came after a US Navy warship, the USS Carney, sailed into the Black Sea, joining the USS Ross in order to "conduct maritime security operations", in a move to "desensitize Russia" to Washington's military presence in the region, according to a US military official on Sunday.

The last time the United States sent multiple ships the the Black Sea was during the Sea Breeze exercises in July 2017.

USNI News noted the Ross and the Carney entered the Black Sea on the fourth anniversary of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.

According to the admiral, the Russian Black Sea Fleet's reconnaissance system defines the so-called "priority objects", and the two U.S. warships could become such objects. According to CNN, a USA military official said that "the decision to deploy both the Carney and the Ross to the Black Sea was part of an effort to "desensitize Russia" to the presence of U.S. military forces in the Black Sea, which sits between Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Western Asia.".

This is the first time two US Navy warships have been in the Black Sea since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Ukraine conducted naval defense drills in July 2017.

"We operate at the tempo and timing of our choosing in this strategically important region".

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union effectively controlled the entirety of the Black Sea, though Turkey has determined who can enter and exit the body of water since the sixteenth century. "Basically anything new that they have they are putting in Crimea", a U.S. defense official based in Europe told CNN.

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