Washington is not consider the opportunity of military response to the aggravation of relations between Russia and Ukraine due to the incident in the Kerch Strait, the Pentagon said. Earlier CNN reported on the transfer to the Black sea of the US Navy ship, writes RBC.
The US is not considering a military response to Russia’s actions in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. This was stated by the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the United States Joseph Dunford on the discussion platform of the Washington Post.
However, he stressed that the international community is obliged to respond in a different form to Russia’s actions aimed at limiting navigation in the Azov Sea. “I think that the international community must react in the field of diplomacy, economy or security… Now there is no discussion of the military dimension of the response to [the incident] in the sea of Azov,” said Dunford.
In addition, the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the United States confirmed that he continues regular contacts with his colleague, chief of the Russian General staff Valery Gerasimov. According to him, such contacts are designed to reduce the risk of military confrontation between the two countries and allow for cooperation in Syria. “Our talks are designed to reduce the risks of miscalculations with Russia and help resolve this crisis in case of a crisis,” he said.
Earlier, CNN, citing sources reported that the US intends to enter the ship in the Black Sea ship in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine. According to the channel, the United States has already notified Turkey of its intention through diplomatic channels, as required by the Montreux Convention of 1936.
In connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait and the detention by Russian border guards of three military courts of Ukraine, Kiev imposed martial law in ten regions of the country. On December 6, President Petro Poroshenko informed that additional military units and military equipment are being transferred to the border with Russia.