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US Navy clarifies what their destroyer is doing in the Black Sea

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The American destroyer Ross, which has been in the Black Sea since yesterday, is conducting an operation that promotes the creation of a safe marine environment and freedom of navigation, according to the US Navy.

Earlier it was reported that the American destroyer entered the Black Sea on Sunday, February 23, at 18.30 GMT. The ship is equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Aegis missile defense system. Placed permanently in Europe at the Spanish military base in Rota.

Together with the Aegis missile defense ground bases in Poland and Romania, this ship is an integral part of the European adaptive missile defense system.

In the State Duma, the call of the destroyer in the Black Sea was called a destabilizing factor in the region and promised to take appropriate measures. Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Yuri Shatkin in a comment to RT noted that the presence of an American ship in the Black Sea is a destabilizing factor and causes tension.

Shatkin added that the frequency of American ships entering the Black Sea indicates a manifestation of the unhealthy interest of the United States in Russian borders.

And the former commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Admiral Igor Kasatonov called the operation of the destroyer a task close to combat: the US missile defense system operates in Romania and will eventually appear in Bulgaria. Americans use the “principle of the open sea” and do not violate the law, Kasatonov noted, and cited a quote from Griboedov “Woe from Wit”: “we would choose a back street for walking away.”

US destroyers have repeatedly entered the Black Sea . According to the Montreux Convention, the time spent by ships of non-Black Sea countries in the Black Sea is limited to 21 days.

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