An American destroyer is sailing towards the Black Sea, where it is expected to arrive in "one week" to reassure the Eastern U.S. allies after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, as converging sources made known.
"We decided to send a ship to the Black Sea. It is expected to get there in a week" said Colonel Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, without giving further details on the type of ship for "security" reasons. "The purpose of the mission is above all to reassure allies and partners across the region" he added.
Upon reaching the Black Sea, the ship will maneuver and is scheduled to visit many ports of the region, but not ports of Ukraine, according to Warren. A U.S. defense official explained, speaking to AFP, that it is the destroyer USS Donald Cook, which is equipped with the Aegis missile defense system and has dozens of interceptor missiles SM-3. It was developed two months ago in Rota, a Spanish base, in the draft of NATO missile defense.