The Russian military stated that they are monitoring the presence of USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea, reported the National Defense Management Center of Russia on January 19.
“Forces of the Black Sea Fleet started monitoring the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook right after it entered the waters of the Black Sea,” Interfax cites the center as saying. The US naval destroyer is currently being followed by the Pytlivy, a Russian Black Sea Fleet patrol vessel.
Russia stated that if USS Donald Cook is “in the zone of responsibility” of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, “it will be monitored via electronic and other technical means.”
USS Donald Cook was earlier reported to be heading to the Black Sea. It is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer that often participates in the Sea Breeze military exercises, Dumskaya news agency reports.