U.S. emphasizes it will keep Black Sea military presence

 

U.S.  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said that the  United States will maintain its  military presence in the Black Sea despite, in Reuters’s words, “a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security.”

The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow. Turkey and Romania are expected to seek  a bigger NATO presence in the  sea at the NATO summit in Warsaw next month.

Mr. Mabus told Reuters that it was the U.S. Navy’s job to deter aggression, presumably meaning Russian aggression,  and keep international sea lanes open.

Relations between Russia and NATO have been very strained over Moscow’s attack on Ukraine and military  support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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