The U.S. and its allies flew a army plane over Ukraine Thursday as a present of assist after Russia attacked Ukrainian naval vessels within the Black Sea final month.
“A U.S. Air Drive OC-135 statement airplane flew over Ukraine at present with U.S., Canadian, German, French, United Kingdom, Romanian and Ukrainian observers aboard,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon advised VOA.
“The timing of this flight is meant to reaffirm U.S. dedication to Ukraine and different associate nations,” in response to a U.S. army assertion.
The army added that “Russia’s unprovoked assault” on Ukrainian ships close to the Kerch Strait on Nov. 25 is “a harmful escalation in a sample of more and more provocative and threatening exercise.”
Pahon mentioned the statement airplane left a base close to Washington on Nov. 30 and flew in Ukrainian airspace after a cease in Germany.
The Arms Management Directorate of the Ukrainian Normal Workers requested the flight below the Open Skies Treaty, which permits unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the whole territory of collaborating states.
The treaty “promotes openness and transparency in army actions by reciprocal, unarmed statement flights,” Pahon mentioned.
The Kerch Strait is the one passage to and from the Black Sea and the inland Sea of Azov, which is collectively managed by Russia and Ukraine.
Thursday’s U.S. army flight comes a day after CNN reported the U.S. Navy can also be making ready to sail a ship into the Black Sea in response to Russia’s actions towards Ukraine.
The Pentagon has reportedly requested the State Division to tell Turkey that it deliberate to ship a warship to the Black Sea.
The US is required to inform Turkey below a treaty that governs the passage of army vessels from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.