Russia apparently adds to military muscle in Dark Ocean district in the midst of US strains

 Russian President Vladimir Putin is sloping up his military presence on the Dark Ocean. 






Russia kept on inclining up its military presence in the Dark Ocean throughout the end of the week as two additional warships and 15 more modest vessels moved to the stream in the midst of increased pressures among Washington and Moscow. 


The two Russian boats, fit for conveying tanks and reinforced vehicles just as troops for seaside attack went through the Bosphorus Waterway in Turkey on Saturday, Reuters detailed.



More naval reinforcements – including landing ships from the Baltic fleet – are expected to arrive at the Black Sea in the coming days to support the thousands of troops and armored vehicles already in position near Russia’s eastern border with Ukraine.


The Biden administration last Thursday scrubbed sending two US warships to the Black Sea after the Kremlin warned “stay away for your own good” to the deployment.

Landing crafts of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla are pictured on the Don River during the inter-fleet move from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea.


The U-turn came shortly before the White House slapped sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2020 presidential election and for the SolarWinds hack that infiltrated the computers of hundreds of government agencies and private sector businesses.





A senior administration official said the administration did not want the already tense situation in the region to “spin out of control.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the sanctions by expelling 10 US diplomats and threatened to carry through on other retaliatory moves as part of the charged showdown between the two superpowers.





The Russian Navy’s Ropucha-class landing ship Kaliningrad sets sail in the Bosphorus on its way to the Black Sea.

Putin also cut off access to the Kerch Strait last week to foreign warships until this fall.


The strait links Russia and Crimea, which Putin illegally annexed in 2014, prompting a round of sanctions from the US and its European allies.


Since then fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatist troops have killed thousands. 




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