US Blinks First On Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Politico: U.S. drops plans to send destroyers into the Black Sea due to concerns over Russia

The tentative transit was not unusual or designed to send any particular new signal, an official familiar with the plans said.

The Pentagon has scrapped a potential Black Sea transit by two Navy destroyers this week due to concerns about escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the plans.

Earlier this month, the Navy notified Turkey, which manages traffic through the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits leading to the Black Sea under the 1936 Montreux Convention, that they were tentatively planning a routine transit by the two destroyers, according to a U.S. defense official.

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WNU Editor: The deployment of these US Navy warships near critical Russian military bases during a time of high tensions between the two countries is not the message that you want to send out right now. The focus should be on de-escalating the situation.

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