The military buildup seeks to send an explicit message to Moscow that the US is “closely watching”, said a CNN report, citing anonymous US defense officials.
The report further noted that the US Navy is continuing to fly reconnaissance aircrafts in international airspace over the Black Sea to “monitor Russian naval activity and any troops’ movements in Crimea.”
It comes amid reports that Russia is building up troops on the border with Ukraine, which has raised concerns in the West. Moscow maintains that they should not be seen as a threat.
Pertinently, Washington is supposed to give 14 days’ notice of its plan to make foray into the Black Sea under a 1936 treaty with Turkey. It is not known if the notice has been sent.
On Wednesday, reports said two US B-1 bombers conducted missions over the Aegean Sea.
The CNN report, quoting a US defense official, said Washington does not see the buildup of Russian forces on the Ukraine border as war posturing, but “if something changes we will be ready to respond.”