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‘Unprovoked escalation’: US slams Russian plan to block Black Sea‘Unprovoked escalation’: US slams Russian plan to block Black Sea (msn.com)
By Al Jazeera English 15 hrs ago
The US State Department has branded as an “unprovoked escalation” reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports amid heightened tensions over Moscow’s military manoeuvres.
The US and its European allies have expressed concerns regarding Russia’s military build-up in recent weeks and fear Moscow might be planning to invade Ukraine. Russia, which backs separatists in eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea in 2014.
Russian state media have reported that Moscow intends to close parts of the Black Sea to foreign military and official ships for six months, which could affect access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, which is connected to the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait.
Russia has temporarily restricted the movement of foreign warships and what it called “other state ships” near Crimea.
“This represents yet another unprovoked escalation in Moscow’s ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilise Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, after addressing EU foreign ministers, called on the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia.
Biden blinked when he recalled the U.S. Navy ships from the Black Sea.
It's now fait accompli, Putin will invade the Ukraine and Chyna Joey Xi will do nothing to stop it.
It's a repeat of 2008 and 2014 when Bush(43) and Barack Obama also did nothing....