First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin commented on the plans of the United States to send ships to the Black Sea in the coming weeks, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, CNN reported that Washington is considering this opportunity against the backdrop of an alleged “increase in Russian military activity” on the border with Ukraine.
During the conversation with the correspondents of the agency, Zatulin noted that the plans for the presence of US Navy ships in the region would not be a surprise and cause for panic, although they are part of a general strategy for whipping up tensions near the borders of the Russian Federation.
“In recent years, the United States has not climbed out of the Black Sea, trying to turn it into an American lake, but they really have no chance of doing this, based at least on the provisions of the Montreux Convention,” he said.
Zatulin also expressed the opinion that the intentions of the United States are aimed at “escalating tensions” around the Russian borders and the Black Sea coast.
We will remind that earlier the Russian Embassy in Washington also reacted to the message of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy about the joint Turkish-American exercises in the Black Sea. At the same time, representatives of the diplomatic mission called on the US military to stop “reckless saber-rattling.”