U.S. admiral blasts Russia for recent Sea of Azov incident; links to U.S. destroyer headed for Black Sea

U.S. admiral blasts Russia for recent Sea of Azov incident; links to U.S. destroyer headed for Black Sea
Admiral James Foggo III. AFN video, YouTube

[Ed. – There may have been a previous statement on this, but Admiral Foggo’s is the first affirmation I’ve heard that Russia detained the Ukrainians in international waters.  If so, that is legitimately outrageous.]

An American destroyer is sailing to the Black Sea to conduct naval exercises with Ukraine to demonstrate “solidarity” in response to a clash with Russia that has a top U.S. admiral furious. …

Russian forces fired on three Ukrainian naval vessels that attempted to pass through the Kerch Strait, the narrow waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, and arrested the sailors in late November. …

Russia maintains that the three ships were seized after they tried to force their way through the strait without following standard safety procedures. …

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That statement is false, according to U.S. officials and representatives of other NATO member-states, who say that the ships were seized in the Black Sea on the international side of the Kerch Strait. Foggo wasn’t shy about condemning Russia’s imprisonment of the 24 Ukrainian sailors on charges of crossing a Russian border illegally.

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