The United States wants Russia to get used to American military presence on its doorsteps in the Black Sea, US and NATO military officials say.
As part of its plans to counter what it calls “the Russian aggression,” the US has recently deployed two warships to the Black Sea.
The US Navy announced Saturday that Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney had joined USS Ross, another warship of the same family, in the international waters near Russian territories.
It has now turned out that the decision is part of Washington’s efforts to “desensitize Russia” to the US military presence in the Black Sea, which separates Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Western Asia, CNN reported Monday night, quoting an unnamed US military official.
Two other US officials based in Europe told the news outlet that Russia was particularly sensitive to US military operations in the Black Sea, which have seen a dramatic increase following the 2014…