Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Putin moving chess pieces to control Black Sea

US-Braces-To-Sail-Warship-Into-Black-Sea-Amidst-Russia-Ukraine-Conflict Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria condemns Russia’s seizure of ships
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2018, 21:57

The report pointed out that the move could potentially increase tensions between the United States and Russian Federation.

Under the Montreux Convention signed in 1936, naval vessels of non-riparian countries are required to notify Turkey in advance about their passage through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits, which connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the USA 6th Fleet area of operations to include the worldwide waters and airspace of the Black Sea", Raines told CNN. It is very important that the rule of law and global norms were strictly adhered to, causing consequences for those countries that seek to undermine the right of other countries to their own national income.

The planning comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow on a range of issues.

The US warship conducted what the Navy refers to as a "Freedom of Navigation Operation" to push back against Russian claims on the waters.

"It is Kremlin's regime who bears full responsibility for further aggravation of the situation in the Azov and Black Seas and for undermining the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict".

Russian Federation seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 24 crew members off Crimea in late November, accusing the vessels of entering its waters and provoking a conflict. A spokesman told CNN Wednesday that Moscow lays claim to areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by worldwide law.

Russian Federation had seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea last Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Poroshenko responded by declaring 30-day martial law in much of Ukraine. US President Donald Trump chose to call off a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Argentina after receiving a report on the Kerch Incident.

Russian Federation is still stopping vessels to inspect them, he said Tuesday in a statement on the ministry's website. Ukraine also demands the return of the captured navy ships and to compensate for the damage caused. The USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, left the Black Sea at the end of August.

A decades-old treaty requires that all countries that do not have a Black Sea coastline are required to give Turkey 15-days notice when their warships plan to transit the waterway.