Provoking Russia

U.S. ‘Preparing to Sail Warship’ Into Black Sea Amid Ukraine-Russia Tensions

U.S. military notified Turkey of possible activity in Bosporus, CNN says

Dec 06, 2018

The United States is preparing to sail a warship into the Black Sea following recent regional tensions after Russia seized three Ukranian ships, CNN reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the U.S. military asked the State Department to notify Turkey it might sail a warship through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, which connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

CNN’s sources said the U.S. military has notified Turkey of the possible actvity in order to comply with the 1936 Montreux Convention, which calls for countries without a coastline on the Black Sea to provide Turkey with prior notice.

2018 was a relatively light year for US navy deployments to the Black Sea, with only 6 warship visits compared to 13 in 2014, according to Yörük Işik, an International relations expert and naval enthusiast who runs the social media project Bosphorus Observer.