Destroyers of the Navy of the United States USS Roosevelt, USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and a supply ship USNS Supply the United States Navy and the frigate HMS Kent of the Royal Navy of great Britain entered the waters of the Barents sea on 4 may. About it reports a press-service of the U.S. Navy.
The report said that the ships fulfill operations to ensure the safety of Maritime navigation in complex natural environments North of the Arctic circle.
“In these difficult times it is especially important to ensure the consistency of our operations on the European scene and to take reasonable measures to protect the health of our forces,” – said the commander of the Sixth fleet of the U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Lisa Franchetti.
The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation was informed about the visit of the Barents sea on 1 may. The notification was made in order to avoid any misperception, to reduce the risk and prevent unintended escalation, noted in a press-service of the U.S. Navy.
In the National control center of defense of Russia reported that the forces of the Northern fleet have begun to monitor the activity of three destroyers of the U.S. and one of the frigates of great Britain, after they went down in the waters of the Barents sea. About it reports RBC.
Surface vessels of the U.S. Navy did not go in the Barents sea since the mid 1980-ies.
A year ago, in may 2019, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the US intends to strengthen its presence in the Arcticto counter the aggressive behavior of Russia and China in the region.
“The Arctic has become a hotbed of global competition due to its reserves of oil, gas and minerals, and the abundance of fish,” said Pompeo.
According to him, “Moscow illegally demands that other countries have asked Russia for permission to use the route via the Arctic ocean.”