US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

In response to Russia’s actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, the U.S. is preparing to sail a warship into the Black Sea, CNN reports, citing three American officials who said the U.S. military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans. Under the 1936 Montreux Convention, the U.S. is required to notify Turkey of the passage of military vessels through the Bosporus Strait and the Dardanelles, which connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Meanwhile, Moscow announced its troops in eastern Crimea conducted a military drill with Russia’s Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems.


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