The United States military exercise Global Thunder 22 focuses on nuclear readiness. Meanwhile, the flagship of the 6th US Navy Fleet Mount Whitney, heading for the Black Sea, has arrived in Istanbul, Izvestia TV reports. According to the international ship tracking system, the ship was moored with the help of Turkish tugs to a military pier at Cape Sarayburnu.
“Right now, the flagship of the US Sixth Fleet Mount Whitney is in the Bosphorus Strait. The command of the American fleet used this ship in operations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. During the NATO intervention in Libya, joint actions of the alliance forces were coordinated from Mount Whitney, ”an Izvestia correspondent reports.
Earlier, the missile destroyer USS Porter passed through the Bosphorus. The goal is to conduct operations with NATO partners.
“The task of the Western forces now is to maintain the degree of tension at the highest possible level and force the Armed Forces of Russia and the Russian Navy to react to the situation. In principle, this can be considered part of a war of attrition, ”says military expert Ivan Konovalov.
The last time the floating headquarters of Mount Whitney approached Sevastopol in 2014. The Black Sea Fleet is closely following the maneuvers. Sevastopol – the main base
Russian warships. That said, not all NATO members like the US presence. Turkish politicians are confident: the days of the United States in the region are numbered. In addition, Turkey has a trump card – the International Montreux Convention.
Warships of other countries can stay in the Black Sea for only 21 days. According to the document, military vessels of non-Black Sea states can enter the Black Sea only for three weeks and subject to the total tonnage.
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