8 Days After She Has Entered Black Sea, Russia Objects To US Navy Cruiser

 According to news reports, the Russians protested the arrival of US Navy cruiser CG-61 USS Monterey in Ukraine on 12 June 2011, saying the ship was a treat to the Russian national security.

The foreign ministry noted it understood that the stationing of the Monterey in European waters was part of the U.S. missile defense shield plan but added it did not see why the warship had to be so close to its borders.

The Russian foreign ministry said Monterey’s arrival in the Black Sea demonstrated blatant disregard for Moscow’s concerns.

“We have a number of questions regarding the arrival in the Black Sea of the U.S. Navy cruiser Monterey equipped with the Aegis anti-missile system to participate in the Ukrainian-U.S. Sea Breeze 2011 exercises,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

“The Russian side has repeatedly stressed that we will not let pass unnoticed the appearance of elements of U.S. strategic infrastructure in the immediate proximity to our borders and will see such steps as a threat to our security,” it said in a statement.

So the Russian Foreign Ministry knew that USS Monterey was in European waters. It is interesting to note that the ship passed through Turkish Straits on 4 June. She was in Black Sea for more than a week before the Russians submitted their protest. If the Russians have read this humble blog they would be more updated what is going on in the region.  Russian information agencies used to work better.

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