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World Russia warns U.S. warships to steer clear of Crimea 'for their own good'

12:16  13 april  2021
12:16  13 april  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday warned the United States to ensure its warships stayed well away from Crimea “ for their own good ”, calling their deployment in the Black Sea a provocation designed to test Russian nerves. Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and two U . S . warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week amid an escalation in fighting in eastern Ukraine where government forces have battled Russian -backed troops in a conflict Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday warned the United States to ensure its warships stayed well away from Crimea "for their own good", calling their deployment in the Black Sea a provocation designed to test Russian nerves.

Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and two U.S. warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week amid an escalation in fighting in eastern Ukraine where government forces have battled Russian-backed troops in a conflict Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.

The deployment comes as the West sounds the alarm over what it says is a big and unexplained build-up of Russian forces close to Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea. Russia has said it moves its forces around as it sees fit, including for defensive purposes.

Conflict in Ukraine: Russia deploys its fleet on the edge of Crimea

 Conflict in Ukraine: Russia deploys its fleet on the edge of Crimea © AFP - - A Russian frigate. (Drawing). The verbal and diplomatic escalation continues between Ukraine and Russia, while Dmitry Kozak, in charge of Donbass file with Vladimir Putin, warned that Russia could have to "defend" separatists in case of military operation Ukrainian large and a military climbing would, "the beginning of the end, for the Ukrainian state". Yet, it is indeed Russia that seems to increase its pressures on the Ukrainian border, not only in the Donbass, but also on sea.

The United States is considering sending warships into the Black Sea in the next few weeks in a show of support for Ukraine amid Russia ' s increased military presence on Ukraine' s eastern border, a US defense official told CNN Thursday. The Defense official also said the Navy is continuing to fly reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea to monitor Russian naval activity and any troops movements in Crimea . On Wednesday, two US B-1 bombers conducted missions over the Aegean Sea.

With Russian troops massing on their side of the border with Ukraine, the US and its NATO allies declared political and military backing for Ukraine. Zelensky urged them to bolster their support. Following the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, fighting erupted in the neighboring Donbas region -- another mainly Russian speaking area of Ukraine with rebels demanding independence from Kiev. But amid growing tensions with the United States and its Western allies, Russian forces have again been spotted on the move across the border sparking concerns the war may be reignited.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was cited by Russian news agencies on Tuesday as warning U.S. warships in the Black Sea to keep their distance, saying the risk of unspecified incidents was very high.

"There is absolutely nothing for American ships to be doing near our shores, this is purely a provocative action. Provocative in the direct sense of the word: they are testing our strength, playing on our nerves. They will not succeed," Ryabkov was cited as saying.

"We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast. It will be for their own good."

The Pentagon has declined to discuss the ships' deployment, saying only that the U.S. military routinely sends vessels to the region.

Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based in Crimea and it has powerful missile and radar facilities on the peninsula.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov/Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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