Black Sea

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Report: U.S. Warships to ‘Challenge’ Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

The U.S. Navy deployed its guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell near Russia-contested waters in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as it begun taking the necessary steps to sail a warship into the Black Sea, west of Russia, amid increased tensions in the wake of the Kremlin’s seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels.

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Poroshenko Wants NATO Ships to Defend Ukraine Against Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave an interview to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Thursday in which he urged NATO to deploy warships in the Sea of Azov to forestall a possible Russian invasion of his country.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia Plans to ‘Dismember Ukraine’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday accused Russia of planning to “dismember” his country, beginning with the conquest of vital port cities along the Sea of Azov. Klimkin implied Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships this weekend was a sign the Russians are preparing to implement their dismemberment strategy.

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Five Key Elements of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The naval conflict this weekend between Russia and Ukraine was not a sudden development. Pressure has been building between the two nations for a long time, arguably even before Ukraine broke away from the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991.

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Russia: Five-Foot Intercept of U.S. Plane Totally Safe, U.S. Pilots Suffer from ‘Depression and Phobias’

Russia’s defense ministry insisted on Thursday that Monday’s jet fighter intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane, in which the Russian pilot flew within five feet of the American aircraft, was perfectly safe, but suggested the U.S. should stop flying in international airspace near the Russian border just to be sure, because American pilots are suffering from “depression and phobias.”

Russia warplane flies within whisker of US jet: US Navy

State Department Condemns Russian Fighter for Flying Within Five Feet of U.S. Plane

The U.S. State Department has officially condemned Russia’s “unsafe interaction” with an American plane over the Black Sea on Monday, noting that a Russian Su-27 jet fighter came within five feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane during the incident. The encounter lasted a grand total of two hours and forty minutes.

Romanian army forces take part in a military parade to celebrate the National Day of Romania in Bucharest, December 1, 2016.

Romanian Coastguard Intercept Boat of 87 Migrants on Black Sea

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romania’s coastguard says it has intercepted a fishing vessel carrying 87 migrants in the Black Sea that was sailing toward the Romanian coast. A statement said border police spotted the vessel on Sunday morning east of

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CAIR Leader Apologizes for Tweet Celebrating Russian Jet Crash

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has apologized for a tweet he sent out — and subsequently deleted — where he said that he wished more people had died on board the deadly Russian military jet crash that claimed 92 lives on its way to Syria on Christmas Day.

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World View: Russia and Turkey Increasingly on War Footing

Contents: Russia and Turkey exchange vitriolic accusations about ISIS oil sales; Russia cancels Turkey gas pipeline, prepares for Bosporus closure; Turkey’s grievances against Russia, and the road to war; San Bernardino mass shootings

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Russia Claims Right to Place Nuclear Weapons in Crimea

Russian reports forced the American navy to release a video of Russian planes flying close to the USS Ross in the Black Sea in order to prove it was only a “routine encounter.” Russia previously claimed America acts “aggressively” in the Black Sea and told world officials they can plant nukes anywhere in their territory, including Crimea.