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More jets and warships: US increasing military presence in Black Sea

Published time: June 05, 2014 15:05
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel (AFP Photo / Radu Tuta)

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel (AFP Photo / Radu Tuta)

Following President Obama’s commitment of $1 billion to expand NATO’s role in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Thursday that the United States will be bolstering its presence in the Black Sea region.

Hagel is currently swinging through Romania, a NATO member that has urged the US to increase its presence in Eastern Europe in the wake of the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s accession of Crimea. Since then, the country has been a part of joint military exercises with American forces and has promised to increase its own defense spending.

According to Reuters, Hagel said President Obama’s $1 billion fund would allow for a "stronger presence of U.S. ships in the Black Sea," and that the plan would mean a consistent stream of rotating vessels in the region.

"We will sustain that tempo going forward,” he added.

At the time of Hagel’s comments, he was touring a guided missile cruiser, the US Navy’s Vella Gulf, which has been stationed in the Black Sea for about two weeks. It is the fourth American ship to move through the region since tensions with Russia increased, with the US hoping its deployment reassures European allies regarding its obligation to defend them.

Hagel also met with Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa, who agreed “the ongoing U.S. ship presence increases the area's sense of security.”

"The Vella Gulf is a clear representation of America's commitment to security in the region," Hagel said, according to the AP.

The comments come just one day after Obama spoke in Poland and pledged $1 billion to expand its military role in Eastern Europe. As RT reported, the president said more troops would begin rotating through the region, and that the US would help fund and train military forces of NATO allies.

"Given the situation in Ukraine right now, we have also increased our American presence. We've begun rotating additional ground troops and F-16 aircraft into Poland... to help our forces support NATO air missions," Obama said, calling the commitment to NATO allies in Europe “the cornerstone of our own security.”

While the plan earned the praise of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Russia criticized NATO for boosting its presence near its borders and argued the group is also responsible for unrest in Ukraine.

“NATO is providing Kiev – a member of its Partnership for Peace program – with technical assistance, thus encouraging the prolongation of its use of force. Thus the Alliance accepts a part of the responsibility for the escalation of the situation, and the collapse of diplomatic negotiations,” said Aleksandr Grushko, Russia’s envoy to NATO.

Comments (286)


fredka 22.06.2014 04:52

US/NATO like a beauty contest, false eye lashes, eyes, j nose. breast, hair, jobs all show, even false smiles and not very bright.


Christopher 22.06.2014 00:50

Russia, China and Iran are seen as impediments to the Neocon US agenda of global hegemony. Everything revolves around this.

Neocons are not averse to mass murder and or the breaking of any law or agreement. They serve their agenda unconditionally.

But they are not very good strategists. This is perhaps because they are mainly Zionist chicken hawks, who are drawn to the warrior stereotype. But when it comes to anything beyond threats, criminal activity and bravado, have little intellect for it.

The US/NATO/ZIO Cabal is a demonstration of criminality competing with stupidity, predicated on delusion.


kasiviswanathan elumalai 21.06.2014 15:38

The Africans will lead a decent life by themselves and they had lived decent life for eons untill the white skinned britishers landed there..The africans need food ,shelter and medicine and they had it for eons.Please see the gene map project of national geography.These africans are the forefathers of all mankind. they dont need flashy cars and shinnig diamaonds .You cant eat your diamonds and cars.The White skinned westerners hane sub divded africa into oil and mineral blocks.Now ther is going to be a heated argument as to who will get what.Deceptive white skins?.

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