Russia Vows Response as US Destroyer Enters Black Sea

Treaties Limit How Long US Ship Can Stay Anyhow

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US of taking provocative action in the Black Sea with the arrival of the USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer which arrived in the area a few days ago, outfitting with a new missile system.

The Foreign Ministry said the Porter’s arrival would lead to a “response” from the Russian Navy, but did not indicate what that would be. They also complained that the planned deployment of two US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean in July was a “show of force” aimed at threatening Russia.

The US Navy claimed the ship entered the Black Sea to “promote peace” with its shiny new offensive missile system, which the Navy had described as being installed due to the “Russian threat.” The Porter is the first US ship to enter the Black Sea in 2016.

It’s not staying at any rate. The Montreux Convention limits non-Black Sea states to an extremely limited naval presence in the sea at any given time, and they are allowed to stay no more than 21 days at a given time.

Even then, the ship poses little practical threat to Russia,which has a significant Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol, and the US has just the one, relatively small ship in the sea.

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  • Don

    1. The US will not provoke to the point of Russia having to react violently. Russia will let the US throw the first punch.
    2. Obama is not a war president and this isn’t his agenda. The biggest fear for now is when Obama is no longer the president.

    It’s dangerous tactics but it’s just cold war tactics. The downside is that it’s costly to Russia and the US is banking on that for a breakthrough. Personally, I doubt very much that Putin can or would risk his country’s safety before making a show of strength.

    For the whole story see RTnews.

    • AlexJ

      Hopefully he’ll miss and nuke canada instead

      luv from usa

      • Don

        If it was to happen Alex, all nuclear weapons wouldn’t be dedicated to just the US. At least a few would be for Canada’s big cities, purley as a symbolic gesture for what Canada has done to harass Russia on the urging of the US.

    • Bret Bucher

      What Obama not a War President Please look at Libya, Egypt, and Syria, and yes the US is illegally in Syria! WTF?

    • John Ellis

      Dream on,
      dreamer,
      dream on.

    • tiger

      Obama’s just an announcer of his masters’ plans, ie it doesn’t matter who is figurehead. Let’s hope the military isn’t as insane as the corporate lunatics backing them.

      • Don

        Obama is just one man of peace in a nation of over 300 million and the majority of them screaming in favour of war.

        The US will not push to the point of war with Russia because Russia’s defences couldn’t endure and that would call for a nuclear reaction by Russia. Putin will not accept defeat this time. The lines have been drawn with Syria and Iran and full scale war will not break out there. Obama sold the farm when he colluded with Putin on fulfilling the ‘red line’ conditions.

        Relax Americans, Obama has caused the PNAC war effort to be set back for years. Maybe even permanently if one considers how quickly China could come up to take a cat’s seat along with Russia on the world stage.

  • Adriaan de Leeuw

    What is forgotten here is this Missile Frigate can launch Tomahawk missiles including Nuclear missiles from just off the Russian Coast, it is a serious escalation!

    • I doubt that anyone has forgotten that US warships have weapons.

      US military vessels enter the Black Sea pretty routinely. In 2014, a US destroyer (the Cole) and the flagship of the US 6th Fleet (the Mount Whitney) didn’t just enter the Black Sea, they entered the Black Sea, made port of call in Batumi, and conducted maneuvers with the Georgian Coast Guard. So this is provocative in a very usual and normal way, not an “escalation.”

      • Bret Bucher

        Not True since 2014, the US declared Russia is their number one enemy, as Russia is doing absolutely nothing!

    • tiger

      Read above.

  • Jace McAdams

    The US is just can’t help itself. At every turn it lies about Russia, and provokes Russia. The US should thank Putin for not teaching Uncle Sam a brutal, and much deserved lesson. In due time, Russia will send the yanks packing…

  • Hide Behind

    What the US military wants is an incident that they can use for a sharp and hopefully( on their part) use to destroy any available Russian military.
    PUTIN WELL KNOWS THAT IN ANY EXCHANGE THE US AND NATO WOULD RIP THEM A NEW BUTTHOLE.
    RUSSIA ( MILITARY LEADERSHIP IS NOT OLD SOVIET) KNOWS THAT ONLY THE THREAT OF MASSIVE ESCALATION NOT JUST WITH TACTICAL NUKES BUT FULL BORE GO FOR FN BROKE BIG NUKES IS ALL THAT KEEPS US AT BAY TODAY..
    FOR RUSSIA TO GET THOUROUGHLY THUMPED IN ANY SHORT ENGAGEMENT MEANS PERMANENT 2ND OR THIRD CLASS NATIONAL DEMOTION IN WORLDS EYES.
    FORGET YOUR DAMNED PERSO ALITY CULTISH BULL SHIT OF OBAMA or hillary is doing this as these military scenarios being played out today are plans from many years past andbwhat and where us military and state are headeded tomorrow isbnot for public to know.
    US is damned near a police state corporate fascism and the dumb bunny populace still think congress is part of government.

    • tiger

      Your CAPITALS are impressive, though they don’t hide your incoherence. Try lower case to make your point.

  • John Ellis

    “US has just the one,
    relatively small ship in the sea.”

    Problem is, Russia lost 27 million young fighting men in World War Two, 4 out of 6 Germans killed in the war were wasted by Russia, all things considered, a big battle now to prevent invasion is something Russia is most ready and willing to do.

    • Donatella

      27 million was soldiers and civilians.

  • tiger

    Is the US navy testing “improvements” to the (USS Donald Cook’s) Aegis missile system that was recently completely disabled by an unarmed Russian Su24 fly-by? The Russians will humiliate the Americans again.

    • jeff_davis

      How quickly they forget, eh tiger? Recently that same USS Donald Cook showed up, repaired no doubt, in the Baltic, and was the ship that got serially buzzed by — “unarmed” yet again — Russian jets. The media parroted the DOD response about “unprofessional” and “irresponsible” action and left the impression it was all some sort of silly macho posturing military stunt, never mentioning the Black Sea incident. But the Russian military doesn’t do “silly”. My thought was that the Russians were trying to get the ship to turn on its now repaired and updated radars so the Russians could evaluate the upgrades and make the necessary adjustments to maintain the effectiveness of their electronic countermeasures. No such thoughtful discussion in the MSM, however.