Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that “the US armed ship did not enter the Black Sea for tourist purposes.”
Shoygu in the program “Moscow.Kremlin.Putin” broadcast on the state television channel Rossiya-1 made a statement regarding the entry into the Black Sea of the amphibious ship of command and control “USS Mount Whitney” belonging to the US Navy.
“The situation is understandable, when a ship that does not belong to the regional forces enters the Black Sea. When we see that a ship has high-sensitivity weapons with long range of action, we realize that this ship did not come to the Black Sea for a tourist voyage. Of course we are following and accompanying him. And we understand that any provocation can happen at any time, at any moment. Exactly the same as with the British ship a while ago. “We understand this and we certainly do not allow such things,” said Shoygu.
He said the US is trying to test Russia. Shoygu noted that the US ship aims to check how well-prepared the Russian military is, how well the systems deployed along the Black Sea and in the southern region of the country are installed.
Russia will also conduct exercises
Russian Minister Shoygu stressed that the US is not alone in its actions for these controls and that the US will conduct military exercises with Russia’s neighbors with the Georgian and Ukrainian navies in the Black Sea.
“We also carry out and will carry out military exercises,” Shoygu said.
The US Navy’s amphibious command and control ship, the Mount Whitney, entered the Black Sea on November 4. The Russian Ministry of Defense had stated that they are monitoring the maneuvers that the ship will perform.AA
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