U.S. to Cancel Black Sea Ship Deployment Amid Growing Tension With Russia

This article was updated at 2021-04-15 16:25.
The U.S. Military has reportedly called off a plan to send two warships to the Black Sea amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

According to Turkish diplomatic sources, the U.S. Embassy informed Ankara about the cancellation of the passage of ships through the Turkish Straits scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The unnamed U.S. warships will reportedly remain anchored off Crete because of the cancellation.

Moscow has already issued a warning last week regarding the planned US presence in the Black Sea and deemed that it would be an unfriendly provocation.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that no new notices from the US have been given to Ankara for potential deployments at later dates.

The Russian navy also recently conducted drills in the Black Sea that rehearsed firing at surface and air targets but did not specify why or whether it was related to the US plan.

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