ANKARA, April 9 – RIA Novosti. Washington has notified Ankara that two US warships will pass through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week, NTV reported on Friday.
The United States is obliged to notify Turkey of the passage of its warships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles in accordance with the Montreux Convention.
Earlier, CNN, citing a military source, reported that the United States is considering sending ships to the Black Sea in the coming weeks against the backdrop of an alleged “increase in Russian military activity” on the border with Ukraine. The United States must notify its intentions to send ships to the Black Sea 14 days in advance.
Earlier, Washington announced the escalation of “Russian aggression” and the movement of Russian troops in Crimea and on the eastern border of Ukraine. The US urged Russia to explain these alleged movements and announced its readiness to communicate. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti on Tuesday that explanations were given to the American side last week. He also said that in the “tone and perspective” proposed by the United States, Russia will not conduct a dialogue, and Washington will have to be satisfied with the explanations it has already received.