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Russia Threatens Military Response To U.S. Navy Drills In The Black Sea

One might hope that after the dramatic close call June 23rd events on the Black Sea which saw a Russian patrol ship fire warning shots to deter a UK warship which came near Crimea - all of which was reportedly monitored by an overhead US reconnaissance plane (as Putin has alleged) - "cooler heads" would prevail and that the West would seek de-escalation in the waters.  But this is hoping way too much as, instead, the US Navy is calling expansive military drills on Russia's doorstep "essential" in deterring Russian "aggression". The words were issued by Commander Daniel Marzluff of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet at a moment the large multi-nation Sea Breeze 2021 exercises are ongoing, which Moscow has deemed a serious "provocation". 

This year's Sea Breeze drills are led by the US and Ukraine with military hardware made up of over 30 participant nations crowding the region in and around the Black Sea. This has prompted Russia to hold its own drills in the southwest part of the country.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov also this week issued a further warning to foreign vessels and military aircraft to not get too close to Russian territory:

"They would be better off leaving their provocations aside next time and staying away from that area because they will get clocked in the nose," Ryabkov said.

Commander Marzluff's strong words, however, suggested anything but 'de-escalation' and avoidance of hostilities with Russia:

Commander Daniel Marzluff, the U.S. Sixth Fleet's Black Sea Region Engagement Lead, told Newsweek Tuesday that the Sea Breeze drills as "essential" in deterring Russian aggression and asserting U.S. and NATO backing for Ukraine, which remains at war with Moscow-backed separatists in the east of the country.

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"This is clearly the most effective way to bring a unified front to this kind of rogue action," Marzluff told Newsweek from the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, referring to the ongoing exercises.

The US commander further called regional allies like Ukraine the US military's "greatest strategic advantage" in confronting Russia. He described additionally: 

"Here in the Black Sea, we have three NATO allies that are poised and ready to respond to any type of Russian aggression."

This reference includes Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey - while Ukraine has of late been increasingly vocal on wanting a path to full NATO membership, which Russia has declared a 'red line' that would certainly trigger major conflict.

And yet Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky has continued pushing for greater Washington intervention in the region, just this week in a press conference alongside Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda urging greater 'help' from the United States toward ending the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

By Zerohedge.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on July 10 2021 said:
    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the late former US president George HW Bush promised the Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO will neither position its forces close to the Russian borders nor would recruit the former republics of the Soviet Union to join NATO.

    But the United States reneged on its promises as it did with walking away from the nuclear deal with Iran and supported an EU-incited coup d’etat against the legitimately elected President of Ukraine aimed at bringing the Ukraine into the EU and later into NATO. President Putin’s response was to occupy the Crimea and bring it back to the motherland.

    Now the United States and its allies are conducting provocative military exercises in the Black Sea close to Russian territorial waters. Russia said there could be a military response.

    But first let us ask what the United States’ response would be if Russian Naval forces were conducting military exercises near its territorial waters.

    The Americans and NATO are playing with fire by provoking Putin. They must know that Putin would neither take a slight nor a provocation lying down and that he will respond. This time his response could spark a major confrontation with the US-led NATO with uncontrollable consequences or could be the end of Ukraine as an independent country.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Guillermo Correa on July 11 2021 said:
    are we getting in the 3rd world war, where there be in use the nuclear capabilities of the "most advance countries, if we can say advance in technoligies yes, but without any sign of grey matter inside of the scull that is empty, somebody needs to tell that bunch of ignorants that in case of use their nuclear capabilities, there won't be any winer only losses, supposedly we're in democratic countries where we choose our representantes " president" but let me ask they really represent the people's will?

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