US warship entered the Black Sea
The USS Carney, a US destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, has entered the Black Sea. This information was made available on the Twitter page of the Turkish Bosphorus Naval News Portal.
This portal tracks the movement of ships through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits. The report said that “USS Carney is passing through Istanbul one day after the USS Mount Whitney left”.
In June, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the dangerously close encounter of the Russian patrol ship, Yaroslav Mudry, with the American destroyer, USS Gravely, in the Mediterranean Sea. The ministry accused the US military of a “gross violation of international rules and the Russian-American agreement”.
The US announced that they intend to maintain a military presence in the Black Sea, despite Russia's warnings. “We intend to maintain our presence there and we're going to deter. This is the main reason that we are there, to deter potential aggression,” the US said. The US also said that their actions are in accordance with the Montreux Convention, which stipulates that non-Black Sea states have the right to stay in the Black Sea for 21 days. The NATO member countries of Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria are all Black Sea countries.
In early June, it was reported that the guided missile destroyer, the USS Porter, had entered the Black Sea. The US explained that it was there for a “routine patrol along with allies and partners to improve security and stability in the Black Sea region”.
Moscow has threatened the US with “response planning”.