For the first time in 13 years, a visit by a Legend-class US coast Guard patrol cutter has coincided with a Russian Missile launch in the Black Sea. This is due to the Russian Navy reportedly launching a supersonic anti-ship missile in the Black Sea.
This test-firing comes just before the arrival of two Royal Navy warships amid the rising tensions in Ukraine over fears of a Russian invasion. Russian authorities stated that the missile was “fired the Vulkan missile from the vessel’s main Basalt missile system for the first time in modern history.” The Russian Defense Ministry tweeted “The Black Sea Fleet’s Moskva missile cruiser for the first time in recent history fired the Vulkan missile with the ship’s Bazalt main missile system in the waters of the Black Sea.” The US has condemned the Russian authorities for sealing off a large area of the sea where the missiles were fired with 20 ships and blocking foreign vessels during the launch.
As well the Biden administration had declared a national emergency and slapped sanctions on more than three dozen people in Russia and expelled 10 diplomats. The US afterwards pulled back two warships heading to the black sea. This is after the threat sent to the Biden administration after Russia warned the US ships to “ stay away for their own Good”. President Biden had the following to say “ the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, calling on Russia to de-escalate tensions.”
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