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The US destroyer USS Donald Cook, who had entered the waters of the Black Sea last day, left those waters today and crossed the Bosphorus Strait, after participating in military exercises with Georgia, reported the Russian news network RT today.
The US missile carrier entered the Black Sea on January 19, and two days later arrived at the Georgian port of Batumi, where he participated in joint naval exercises, according to US military sources.
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet maintained vigilance over the USS Donald Cook since entering the Black Sea, according to reports from the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which stated that the Pitlivi patrol vessel followed the activities of the military ship.
At the time, the military agency recalled that, in accordance with the Montreux Convention on passage through the Straits, the US ship could remain in the Black Sea for a maximum of 21 days.
Another US vessel, the landing ship USS Fort McHenry, had entered the Black Sea on the previous 7th of January, through the Dardanelles Strait, to carry out joint operations with partners of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). ” promote security and stability in Europe.
“On that occasion, the Minister of Defense of Russia, Sergei Shoigú, condemned the action, coordinated between the United States and NATO, noting that this maintains a level of activity near the Russian borders “unprecedented since the days of the Cold War“.
In mid-December, the United States special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, declared that his country should consider increasing its presence in the Black Sea.
According to the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, the relations between Russia and the United States were affected at the end of last year by a Ukrainian “provocation” in the Strait of Kerch, in reference to the entrance of Ukrainian ships to waters that Russia claims around the Crimean peninsula.
Maritime transport in the straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, which connect the Mediterranean with the Black Sea, is regulated by the Montreux Convention of 1936.