U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea in Istanbul, Turkey, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER
Reuters: U.S. says it will stay in Black Sea despite Russian warning
The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.
The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow. Turkey and Romania are expected to push for a bigger NATO presence in the Black Sea at the NATO summit in Warsaw next month.
Aboard the USS Mason, another U.S. destroyer, in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Reuters that it was the U.S. Navy's job to deter aggression and keep sea lanes open.
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Update #1: U.S. Will Patrol the Black Sea Despite Russian Warnings (Newsweek)
Update #2: NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea (Marine Link)
WNU Editor: It looks like we are now going to have a naval build-up in the Black Sea.