US Ambassador Says Aircraft Carrier ‘100k Tons of International Diplomacy’

Carrier strike group is in the Mediterranean as a show of force

Jon Huntsman, the US Ambassador to Russia, isn’t in Russia right now. This week, he’s been hanging out on the USS Abraham Lincoln, an American aircraft carrier which is traveling with its carrier strike group through the Mediterranean as a show of force.

The US makes a lot of these shows of force, because they have quite a few of these carriers. It’s to the point where it probably wouldn’t even register as a thing unless US officials are there to point out that it’s definitely a thing, and Russia is definitely the target.

Huntsman declared the carrier to “represent 100,000 tons of international diplomacy,” saying it demonstrates to Russia that they have to change their activities around the world to come into line with US expectations.

Russian Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov says that the he hopes the US will realize that they’ve failed to find normal, constructive dialogue options with partners instead of relying on “megaphone diplomacy.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.