The United States will send two warships to the Black Sea to support Ukraine in the face of the growing Russian military presence in the east of that country, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today.
We were notified through diplomatic channels two weeks ago, according to the Montreux Convention, that two American warships are going to transit towards the Black Sea, “said a source from Turkish diplomacy.
Already today, US military sources cited by the CNN television station had said that the US Navy was considering sending warships to the Black Sea in the coming weeks.
The United States Navy routinely operates in that sea, but the sending of warships serves to warn Moscow that the United States is closely monitoring movements in that area, the sources quoted by CNN said.
Now, Turkish diplomacy has confirmed that two US ships will cross the Bosphorus Strait separately, on April 14th and 15th, until they reach the Black Sea, returning on May 4th and 5th.
The Montreux Convention, 1936, guarantees free navigation in the Bosphorus Strait, but countries that have no coast in the Black Sea must announce the passage of their ships 15 days in advance, which cannot remain in place for more than 21 days. days.
On Thursday, the White House admitted that the United States is increasingly concerned about the growing presence of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, promised his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, in early April, to support Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russia, accused of concentrating its troops on the border with this country.
The announcement of the presence of US warships in the Black Sea takes place on the eve of Zelensky’s visit to Turkey to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Kremlin reported that Russia moves its troops inside its country as it sees fit while advising Kyiv and the West not to be concerned.
Source: with Agencies