Russian Navy tracks US ship Mount Whitney in Black Sea

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MOSCOW, Nov. 4 (Reuters) – The Russian navy has started tracking down a US command ship in the Black Sea, news agencies said Thursday, citing the Defense Ministry, amid tensions over NATO activities near from the borders of Russia.

“The forces and assets of the Black Sea Fleet have started to monitor the actions of the command ship Mount Whitney, which entered the Black Sea area on November 4,” the TASS news agency said citing the Ministry of Defense.

The US Navy announced Monday that the USS Mount Whitney had arrived in Istanbul and that it would soon join other ships in the Black Sea.

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russian forces could observe Mount Whitney “through binoculars or through the reticle of (their) defense systems”. Read more

On Tuesday, the Black Sea Fleet said its ships had repeated destruction of enemy targets and air defense systems had been put on alert at its bases in Novorossiysk and in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula as Russia. annexed to Ukraine in 2014. read more

Russia, which severed ties with NATO last month, frequently complains about the alliance’s activity near its borders or in what it sees as its post-Soviet sphere of influence.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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