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Sofia (AFP) – A US Navy guided-missile destroyer will remain in the Black Sea to conduct more exercises with allied ships, its commander said on Saturday, the eve of a breakaway vote in Crimea.
The USS Truxtun this week conducted joint exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces just a few hundred kilometres (miles) away from the disputed Crimea peninsula.
“I cannot comment on our future operations but we will take the opportunity to do some routine exercises with our allies in the region,” said Commander Andrew Biehn. [more]
In other words, the U.S. is not going to do anything, but the destroyer was just painted and it will look better than the Russian destroyers in the area that are actually doing something.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned from talks with his Russian counterpart in London, was at the White House meeting along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Obama did not attend the meeting but was being briefed about it and other developments involving Ukraine, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council. [more]
President Obama has more important things to do on a Sunday morning, than attend a national security meeting. Anyway, he has drawn his red line. so. that’s. final.
Be forewarned, Vladimir Putin, you are dealing with Greatest President Ever Barack H. Obama.
Be. Fore. Warned. Vladimir. Putin.
Meantime, National Security advisor Susan Rice will be making the news rounds later in the day to explain that, what has been erroneously described as a Russian troop build-up on the Crimean border, is actually spontaneous mob violence.
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