Russia's Pytlivy ship monitoring USS Fort McHenry's actions in Black Sea
Patrol ship Pytlivy of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is monitoring actions of USS Fort McHenry that entered the Black Sea on January 6, Russia's Defence Ministry said.
"Patrol ship Pytlivy of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is performing a complex of activities to control the actions of amphibious transport dock (LSD) USS Fort McHenry", the ministry said in a statement.
The statement noted that the ship had been in the Black Sea since 9:00 p.m. Moscow time (18:00 GMT), January 6.
"As of 9:30 a.m. (6:30 GMT), the ship entered the Romanian port of Constanta," Sputnik cited the ministry as saying.
Commander of the US 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti said that the vessel's transit to the Black Sea shows collective commitment to the Black Sea security.
In December, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Washington should consider the possibility of increasing its presence in the Black Sea.