Top video: US landing ship Fort McHenry set to enter the Black Sea (up to 0:28). Video by Rossiya 24.
Bottom video: Russian anti-ship missiles for coastal defense orient themselves at launch. Video by Russian MoD.
Below is our translation from rueconomics.ru with commentary by Vince Dhimos.
The translation of the article confirms my thesis in the article titled “US pretends to prepare for war in the Black Sea.” In that article I had hoped to assuage any fears you may have had about the US incursion into the Black Sea, where US warships are amassing precariously close to the Russian border. Neither I nor the author of the translated article have any worries whatsoever that a war will break out in that area, despite Washington’s juvenile sabre rattling. Russia is, however, prepared for any turn of events. Its patrol ship Pytlivy is monitoring the US war ships closely and will interdict the US vessels as needed.
As the below article states, the US is far more afraid than the Russians, who have prepared for any possible contingencies in and around Crimea. As I also showed here, US top foreign policy and military influencers are starting to admit that Russia cannot be defeated.
The author says this incursion by the US is intended to destabilize, not threaten or provoke.
Another recent analysis from rueconomics.ru, explains how the highly unpopular Ukrainian president Pyotr Petsoshenko is simply trying desperate measures to save his chances in the upcoming elections, which he is sure to lose. It is amazing, and disgusting, that the US is willing to go along with this scam. First he sent 3 naval ships into the Kerch Strait, which is Russian territorial waters. This was illegal because, under the Montreux Convention, these ships were to give notice of several days before entering the strait. But the attempted illegal entry into the waterway was an obvious provocation and the Russians did what they could have been expected to do (because unlike the West, their leaders are serious and professional), capturing and sequestering the vessels and arresting some of the crew members. Poroshenko predictably claimed this legitimate action was “Russian aggression.” Now the US is, also predictably, pretending the Russians are the ones to blame and are sailing their war ships into the Black Sea to show their “solidarity” with the failed and pitiful Ukrainian president and supposedly preserving “stability” in the region. But as the author of the article below correctly states, the US intervention is intended to destabilize the region.
But you know what really is discouraging, at least to those who think the US can somehow save itself? An NBC News poll shows:
“…that only 23% see Russia as friendly and only 5% say the nation is ‘an ally to our country.’ More than two-thirds polled said Russia was either unfriendly (43%) or a U.S. enemy (25%).”
This is proof that there is not enough grey matter in the US for the country to save itself from the myths that are being spread by the msm and political class – both sides of the aisle. As I showed here, if the crucial problems facing the world – such as the Arab-Israeli conflict – are to be resolved meaningfully and to a significant extent, a Russia-US joint effort will be absolutely necessary. If the US populace, including so-called “conservatives” and “liberals,” is really gullible enough to believe their msm and pols to the extent indicated by that poll, then all we can hope for is that Russia (and to some extent its partner China) will successfully thwart every attempt by US “authorities” to deceive the public. The remarkable admission by CFR president Richard Haass that the US cannot defeat Russia was a tremendous breakthrough and it no doubt heralds a tectonic shift in US foreign policy. But as earthquakes go, it registered low on the Richter scale. As Haass stated, the government is not listening yet. But sadly, neither are the grassroots. The US has neither rudder nor sail.
Henry Kissinger, another geopolitical mover and shaker (but also a Neocon), has also always advocated good relations with Russia. But he too has no meaningful influence on Washington.
Strengthening the defence of Crimea caused a "nervous" reaction of the United States in the Black Sea
January 07, 2019
The presence of the ship Fort McHenry of the American fleet in the Black Sea does not pose a serious threat to Russia’s security, although it is aimed at destabilizing the situation. In any case, the Russian fleet controls the situation and is ready for any contingencies. So says Andrei Koshkin, head of the department of political science and sociology at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.
The presence of the Fort McHenry of the American fleet, which had joined the Black Fleet the night before, is being monitored by the [Russian] Black Sea Fleet patrol ship Pytlivy. This was reported in the Ministry of Defence. "As of 9:30 (Moscow time), the Fort McHenry went to the Romanian port of Constanta," the ministry said.
Earlier, the press service of the US Navy in Europe stated that the ship had entered the sea for "patrolling" and would conduct "operations with allies to ensure security and stability in Europe." A month ago, the American media reported that the military department intended to send a warship to the Black Sea because of the incident at the Kerch Strait.
In turn, the Special Envoy of the State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker expressed the opinion that the United States should consider the possibility of increasing its presence in the Black Sea. He also allowed US shipments of lethal weapons to Kiev.
Symbol of "support"
The ships are entering the area for 21 days in accordance with the Montreux Convention, but they come, of course, fulfilling a certain mission of support - as the American admirals say, the same Fort McHenry will symbolize support for Ukraine, says Andrey Koshkin.
"There are about 500 infantry, there are anti-aircraft missile installations, but the ship is old, more than 30 years old, so it does not represent any kind of avant-garde shipbuilding. It's just a dock ship that contains five boats for landing," explained the expert.
Not a threat, but destabilization
Yes, some kind of formal support for Ukraine on the Black Sea is carried out by the US. But the Russian fleet has enough forces not only to accompany, but also to neutralize the possible threat from this ship. Although, Koshkin notes, the United States is hardly trying to create threats through its actions - "they are destabilizing the situation, but they are more nervous than we are."
In any case, “Fort McHenry” must be prepared for the fact that we will accompany it in accordance with actions that would ensure the securing of our interests, the expert specified.
At a high level
After the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, the territory of the region needed to build a security system, taking into account the current situation. We are talking about the possible penetration of subversive groups by Ukraine, the constant threats of the Kiev authorities, all of which was taken into account in the military construction in the Crimea.
"In addition, Crimea must ensure reliable protection from the sea, and today the naval group of the Russian Navy, which is located in the waters of the Black Sea, provides full cover for ships, including more serious ships than Fort McHenry," Andrey Koshkin.
Everything that is needed is being done and at a high level, to counter possible destabilization on the part of the armed forces that are part of the NATO bloc, the expert said.
In late December, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko decided to expand the zone of control in the Black Sea from 12 to 24 miles. The law is intended to "harmonize" the maritime legislation with the provisions of other Black Sea countries. In addition, it aims to combat smugglers and illegal shipping.
"The adjacent zone of Ukraine is a zone of open sea adjacent to the territorial sea, the outer boundary of which extends no more than 24 nautical miles, measured from the baselines," the text noted.
The State Duma responded to this decision. According to Anton Morozov, a member of the international affairs committee, this is Kiev’s way of “politicizing” the issue of the Kerch Strait. In addition, the decree [Ukraine’s] will incur a new wave of provocations and "no good will come of it."
Author: Igor Skrypach