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US warship Truxtun begins naval exercise in Black Sea

Published time: March 19, 2014 19:22
The US Navy destroyer "USS Truxtun" enters the Black Sea port (AFP Photo / Anton Stoyanov)

The US Navy destroyer "USS Truxtun" enters the Black Sea port (AFP Photo / Anton Stoyanov)

The USS Truxtun destroyer started a one-day military exercise with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies in the Black Sea.

The US military has described the exercise as a "routine" mission scheduled ahead of the Ukraine crisis, which witnessed the Ukrainian opposition forcing the democratically elected president, Victor Yanukovich, to flee the capital Kiev on February 22, a US Naval official told Reuters on Wednesday.

The Truxtun last week participated in drills with Romanian and Bulgarian ships a few hundred miles from Russian forces of the Black Sea Fleet.

"There are many reasons for exercises with allies, it allows us an opportunity to assure our NATO allies that we support them," Shawn Eklund, a public affairs officer for US Naval Forces Europe, told Reuters.

The naval maneuvers follow Russia and Crimea signing treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and Sevastopol mayor, Aleksey Chaly, signed a historic agreement for Crimea and Sevastopol to join the Russian Federation

The Crimean Peninsula juts into the north of the Black Sea, which is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which was founded by Prince Grigory Potemkin in 1783.

Comments (48)

 

Vlad 23.04.2014 20:36

Thank you Vladimir Vladimirovich for your skills in dealing with degenerates!

 

Dr Who 04.04.2014 12:03

Mr P. I know you do a good, and admirable work for the Russian people, and for the world in general. Well done. You deserve much praise. From someone who is not Russian.
Do let them intimidate or goad you into hostilities.... Enterprise.

Russia, now you know who your friends are. The dragon has many heads.

Let the wisest be your council and speaker.

Those nations that think they are the greatest should be the meekest.

Ev entually the mighty shall fall.

 

Scott Marc 31.03.2014 05:18

Russia is a superpower, they have the ability to use hard and soft power.

RUSSIA FULFILLS THE CRITERIA OF BEING A WORLD GLOBAL SUPERPOWER FOR IT'S FOUR AXES OF POWER: A MASSIVE MILITARY, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND CULTURAL (USES SOFT POWER AND HARD POWER).

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