Open Skies Treaty: U.S. carries out flight over Ukraine amid tension with Russia

The U.S. carried out an “extraordinary” flight over Ukraine Thursday days after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea. Citing the Open Skies Treaty, the Pentagon stated the U.S. and allies carried out the flight “to reaffirm U.S. dedication to Ukraine and different companion nations.‎”

“Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukrainian naval vessels within the Black Sea close to the Kerch Strait is a harmful escalation in a sample of more and more provocative and threatening exercise,” the Pentagon stated in an announcement.

“America seeks a greater relationship with Russia, however this can not occur whereas its illegal and destabilizing actions proceed in Ukraine and elsewhere.”

Russia blamed Ukraine for frightening the incident, which sharply escalated tensions which have been rising between the 2 nations since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and it has labored steadily to bolster its zone of management across the peninsula.  

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