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The Russian Navy claims to be watching the US destroyer USS Ross, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, which entered the Black Sea waters on Sunday.
“Forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet permanently monitor the destroyer USS Ross of the United States Navy,” said a spokesman for Defense.
The source added that shortly after entering the waters of the Black Sea, the American ship, destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, came under the control of Russian radioelectronic media.
“In addition, the direct monitoring of the actions of the US warship is carried out by the patrol vessel Vasili Bykov and the reconnaissance vessel Ivan Jurs,” the spokesperson said.
The USS Ross, one of the four destroyers that the US maintains in the base of Rota (Spain), participated in April of 2017 in a missile attack against the Syrian air base of Al Shairat, in the province of Homs.
The USS Ross crossed the Bosphorus Strait in front of Istanbul, Turkey, and entered the Black Sea on Sunday, in the midst of a series of naval exercises conducted in this body of water by member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) what Moscow has seen as a provocation.
However, according to the Montreux Convention, this type of vessels belonging to countries that are not part of the Black Sea coasts, can remain in its waters for a maximum of 21 days.
So far this year, this is the fourth ship in the US to visit the Black Sea. The previous one was another destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, USS Donald Cook (DDG 64), last February.
Source: Periodico Cubano