Russia sees US warships in Black Sea ‘through sights of defense systems,’ Putin says

President Vladimir Putin has outlined the necessity to enhance Russia’s protection capabilities, warning US warships within the Black Sea are being watched by weapon sights, after two such vessels entered the area in a matter of days.

Speaking throughout a gathering with the highest brass of the nation’s navy and protection trade bosses on Monday, Russia’s president pressured the necessity to additional enhance the nation’s defensive capabilities, notably within the airspace sector.

“This need has been prompted by the leading countries’ developing innovative strike weapons with advanced speed parameters,” Putin stated, including that the ramped-up NATO actions alongside Russia’s borders reinforce that want additional.

“The general military-political situation also requires further effort, prompted partly by the increasing numbers of NATO flights close to Russia, and NATO ships with guided missiles appearing in the Baltic and Black Seas,” he stated.

Just just lately, as you recognize, a US ship entered the Black Sea – it may very well be seen by binoculars or by the sight of our protection techniques.

Putin’s remarks got here simply hours after a US amphibious command vessel, the USS Mount Whitney, entered the Black Sea. The flagship of the US Sixth Fleet has been deployed to “operate with our NATO allies and partners in the region,” the US Navy stated in an announcement.

The USS Mount Whitney has develop into the second US navy vessel to arrive within the Black Sea in a matter of days. Another warship, the destroyer USS Porter, armed with guided missiles, entered the area on Saturday. The deployment has already been condemned by Moscow, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stating that such actions are part of Washington’s constant coverage to fire up confrontation between Russia and its Black Sea neighbors, lots of whom are NATO members.

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“The demonstration of the US Navy flag in the Black Sea is not an isolated incident. There were several times when the United States explicitly explained the need for its warships to enter this waterway to ‘contain’ Russia,” Lavrov stated on Sunday, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.

The obvious ramping up of actions by the US and NATO militaries in shut neighborhood of Russia’s borders comes because the ever-cold relations between the bloc and Moscow proceed to deteriorate.

Last month, the US-led bloc introduced it could expel eight Russian diplomats from its Brussels headquarters, reportedly over their alleged involvement in some type of “espionage.” In response, Russia introduced the suspension of all ties with the bloc, returning its complete delegation home and shutting down NATO’s workplace in Moscow.

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The long-running Russia-NATO Council conferences, initially designed to enhance ties between the bloc and Moscow, had achieved successfully nothing, Lavrov stated. Instead, the device was being utilized by the bloc to “to teach us how to live,” in addition to to attempt to press Russia into submission.

“Their whole interest was whipping up propaganda and putting pressure on Russia,” Moscow’s prime diplomat acknowledged. “We rely on facts, and the facts are that NATO does not want any co-operation with us.”

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