US Destroyer Enters Black Sea To "Reassure NATO Allies And Black Sea Partners"

Tyler Durden's picture

The war of words between the west and Russia escalated some more on Wednesday after NATO's top military commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said the Russian military presence at the border with Ukraine continued and released satellite photos of tanks, attack helicopters and war planes to validate this. 

Russia promptly replied that it would have none of this, and not only denied once more that it has any plans to invade Ukraine, but foreign minister Lavrov said that Russia was merely retaliating to what it sees as a NATO build up in proximity to Russia:

"The constant accusations against us by the secretary general convince us that the alliance is trying to use the crisis in Ukraine to rally its ranks in the face of an imaginary external threat to Nato members and to strengthen demand for the alliance ... in the 21st century."

As opposed to the 19th century, one assumes, eh John Kerry?

Today it was NATO's turn to retaliate once more. First with words, after NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said: "I have this message to Russia: you have a choice to stop blaming others for your own actions, to stop massing your troops, to stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue." He added: "If Russia is serious about a dialogue, the first step should be to pull back its troops."

And then with actions, by explicitly confirming that Lavrov was absolutely correct when he accused NATO of building up weapons around Russia and thus forcing Russia on the defensive, when US destroyer Donald Cook crossed the Bosphorus overnight and entered the Black Sea. Why? To "show America's commitment to the region."

“The Donald Cook’s mission is to reassure NATO allies and Black Sea partners of America’s commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working towards mutual goals in the region,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.

More importantly, it will also reassure Russia and its citizens that their country's stance that the arms building up along Ukraine's borders is indeed simply to defend against a boosted NATO presence is valid, and will likely prompt even more of a troop and weapons build up.

Until finally someone on either side of the border "accidentally" fires a shot across into the other side and then the war of words will progress into the real thing.

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So keep an eye on further escalations by both NATO, and naturally Russia - which suddenly is once again on the defensive in its view - and perhaps on what Russia's aircraft carrier currently in Cyprus' port of Limassol is doing.

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1000yrdstare's picture

things are movin pretty fast,....

McMolotov's picture

We're sending ships but accusing Russia of a military "build-up." Hypocrisy, thy name is Uncle Sam.

Calling troops and equipment on a military base a "build-up" is like accusing a grocery store of hoarding food.

Dr. Engali's picture

I'm more concerned with the military buildup within our own borders. Our local police department just got some nice slightly used military hardware.

Two-bits's picture

Sorry to hear that your area is occupied territory.


At least you have 911.  Here in WA, it has been out most of the day. 


I sure hope no one has an emergency.  Now that I think about it, the response times won't change much,

TBT or not TBT's picture

Dr Engali, The Man From Nope.

sushi's picture

I am pretty sure that is what everyone voted for.

Nope and change.

Turns out all those posters had a misprint. Bad spelling. Cannot be helped. It's Murika.

DanDaley's picture

Omojo warned that he was going to do this "civilian army" crap in Colorado in 2008


As for the Daily Iowan newspaper, if the extreme leftists of Iowa City are worried, you know something is up.


TBT or not TBT's picture

Yeah. Stateside, the military calls 911 when someone starts shooting at them. The world's largest military base is defenseless but small town cops ride to the rescue.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Hate to say it, but there are only so many decent-paying jobs with benefits left in the private sector, that don't have a hire/fire policy indexed to stock price fluctuations.  When the stock's Up, they hire.  When it's down, they can't fire (lay off) fast enough.  Except that their PR and legal sharks have told them to rephrase things.  Early Retirement is now popular, as it sounds so caring and liberating.

Eventually, a guy will do what he has to do to pay the bills for his family (to get by) or for his brood of proper modern consumers (to make the finance people happy) -- as the case might be.  History teaches us that there are ALWAYS plenty of people to do anything their masters ask or demand of them.  I wouldn't put too much faith in the "decency" of these LEA guys, unless you know them really well, or (better still) have some serious dirt on them, like TPTB do.  Plan accordingly.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Just take a look at what IRS agents will do for the Lightbringer. Now imagine the thoughts going through the heads of Bureau of Land Management "snipers" or Dept of Education SWAT team folks.

Emergency Ward's picture

TSA agents dream of the day when they can sport a Glock on the hip, sayin' "We don't take no lip."

fudge's picture

Rather nice gesture by the US,,,delivery of a new artificial reef,,well done.



hungarianboy's picture

What if Russia would send two to 5 ships for excersise towards the US border? If the US is free to go wherever they want, why not the Russians?

Boomberg's picture

Russia should invest $5 billion in promoting democracy in Mexico. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

They should start with rule of law. They could try our constitution for a while. We're not using it.

pods's picture

Might wanna double check those nautical charts.  

Keep an eye on the Hummingbird too, when it gets into single digits, you might wanna stop.


Gringo Viejo's picture

My regret is that it's not crewed by obama, hillary, horseface and the us congress. And bring Jeb for extra ballast.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

If it's done for the benefit of the EU and NATO, shouldn't the EU or NATO be sending a ship, instead of the US/DOD using the EU and NATO as pretexts/cover for their own imperialist expansion?

So many questions, so few answers.

Stoploss's picture

Text book false flag setup..  OK now im a little worried.

Event Horizon's picture

Currency wars >>> Current Sea Wars

Winston Churchill's picture

Maybe they can can start shooting in July, that would be the 100th anniversary of the

"war to end all wars".

TBT or not TBT's picture

President Wilson's version of Hope.

1000yrdstare's picture

Can you guys wait? I would like to finish Game of thrones and The walking dead....also my last AR15 build...

TBT or not TBT's picture

It's a very affordable hobby if you enjoy dry firing and saying "pow".

BandGap's picture

Remember the Maine.

That is all.

Poundsand's picture

There's a ship I wouldn't want to be serving on.  The US has a history of losing single ships sent into or near harms way that suddenly get attacked and go down.  The Maine is a great example, but not the only one.

If you're on the ship, you better have your affairs in order. 

DavidC's picture

I'm no fan of Putin or Yanukovich but the USA started this, going with $5bn to destabilize the democratically elected government - thanks, Victoria Nuland.


Zero Debt's picture

Nuland works hard for Exxon Mobil and Chevron to liberate oppressed energy resources under tyrannic foreign ownership.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Sounds like a national treasure to me, when you put it that way.

Two-bits's picture

Sweet jesus, it is time for the CIA to get in the zodiac.

Ignatius's picture

Someone here needs to call the CIA and let them know that there's problems brewing in Ukraine.

They really need to be there.

disabledvet's picture

that would be bad.

surely there is some singing and dancing somewhere.


medium giraffe's picture

Oh yeah, I feel a lot fucking safer now.  Thanks a bunch.

jefferson32's picture

Never underestimate the average Russian's resistance to hardship.

Kilgore Trout's picture

Napolean's on the way? Burn down the town.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Just start WWIII already.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

American exceptionalism in action!

Dr. Engali's picture

We are going to need moar boats. The empire has it's hands full. 

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

The USS Homo Transgendered to the rescue!

Canucklehead's picture

... It ain't over until Johnny Onions and the Liver Eaters sing...

TBT or not TBT's picture

Queue the Village People belting out "In The Navy".

new game's picture

im no fan of war. the postering is what scares me. over what-someone tell me what this is really about? america imperial march to base nato in ukraine? pipelines? petrodollar? maybe russia should send a destoyer to the pacific and see how americans like that...

youngman's picture

well I hope their eyes and ears are on full alert....Russians hate to be challenged...they will fire the first shot..

Seasmoke's picture

Just watch out for Israeli torpedoes. 

new game's picture

dont hear much about the bird shit covered islands over by japan anymore...

esum's picture


obama sends sacrificial lamb to the slaughter...

benghazi redux


hey guys .... i got a fundraiser be back at ya tomorrow or so... and moochelle has to go to the vineyard and bo is getting antsy... 


lots of luck all the best... ill watch on the drone vidfeed... ciao