– De-escalation Off: US Navy Sends Warship To Black Sea “In Direct Response To Ukraine Circumstances” (ZeroHedge, April 2, 2014):
On the heels of NATO’s declaration that is was suspending all practical cooperation with Russia (and ordered military planners to draft new measures to strengthen its defenses), Bloomberg reports that the US will be sending a Navy warship back to the Black Sea. Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters that the ship (as yet unnamed) wil be there to conduct exercises with allies and is a “direct response to the circumstances in Ukraine.” and is the first in the Black Sea for 2 weeks.
NATO started the day off aggressively…
Nato said earlier on Tuesday it was suspending all practical cooperation with Russia in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defenses and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.
Which came on the heels of…
Move follows U.S. deployment of F-16 fighters to Poland and F-15 fighters to the Baltic to assist allies with regional air patrols
And now the US steps up the actions (as well as words)
U.S. in next several days will send a Navy warship into the Black Sea to conduct exercises with allies, Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren tells reporters
Warren wouldn’t name the vessel, the first in that body of water since a U.S. vessel departed March 21
Deployment is “direct response to the circumstances in the Ukraine
We can only wonder how long until Russia “test fires” another ICBM?