“The U.S. military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans to sail a warship into the Black Sea, three U.S. officials tell CNN, a move they described as the response to Russia's actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov,” the message says.
This step is committed amid the escalation of tensions in the region as a reaction to Russia’s aggressive actions, which caused the attack and capture of the Ukrainian vessels and detention of sailors.
At the same time, on Wednesday, Russia’s Defence Ministry announced the conduction of military drills in Eastern Crimea with the use of Pantsir-S1 system.
“The United States carries out its activities consistent with the terms of the Montreaux Convention. We will not, however, comment on the nature of our diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Turkey," the representative of the U.S. State Department said.
Two American officials stated that the idea of Turkey’s message is to provide the fleet with a possibility to displace the military vessel in this region, but it is not final.
"Our U.S. 6th Fleet is always prepared to respond whereever necessary. We routinely conduct operations to advance the security and stability throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to include the international waters and airspace of the Black Sea,” said Commander Kyle Raines, a Spokesperson for the Fleet, which oversees the naval operations in the region.