The U.S. has canceled the deployment of two military vessels in the Black Sea amid concerns about the build-up of the Russian forces near the border of Ukraine as Reuters reported.
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara had informed Turkey’s foreign ministry about the step but did not provide a reason. Later, Anadolu news agency reported that no new information was provided to Ankara about potential deployments of the ships later.
U.S. officials said that Turkey may have misunderstood the initial notification and the deployment was never confirmed.
According to them, the U.S. frequently informs Turkey about potential access to the Black Sea. But a request does not necessarily mean its ships will pass through, but rather ensures that if they choose to, they already have the required approval
As we reported, the U.S. sent two missile destroyers Donald Cook and Roosevelt to the Black Sea. In its turn, Russia stated that the entrance of the U.S. vessels in the Black Sea is a provocation and they should stay away from Crimea.
Meanwhile, Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak asked to deploy the American surface-to-air missile system MIM-104 Patriot in the territory of Ukraine.
Earlier, HATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia should stay away from issues related to Ukraine's aspirations to join the NATO.