“Russia and China are now working together in a very aggressive way because they think they have America on the run,’
Joe Biden, the US president, has been accused of having emboldened Russia as sources told The Telegraph that the US decided against sailing close to Crimea alongside the British.
The Telegraph can reveal that while US Laboon, an American destroyer, has recently been operating with HMS Defender and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen in the Black Sea, it was “many hundreds of miles away” when the two vessels travelled within 12 miles of Crimea’s shoreline on Wednesday.
The navigation triggered a confrontation with Russia, which scrambled jets and fired warning shots, and a diplomatic clash at a time of rising tensions over Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, a move not recognised by most countries, gaining access to its long Black Sea coast. Russia has chafed at NATO warships visiting near Crimea as destabilising. In April, it declared a broader area off Crimea closed to foreign naval ships.”
Comment: Much has been said of Putin’s skill at sizing up people, skill he supposedly acquired as a an officer (Lt. Colonel) of the 2nd Main Directorate of the KGB (counterintelligence). This is praise which he probably deserves. Well, pilgrim turcopoles, he sized up Joe and found him a feeble old man a man fit only to threaten the American people with armed oppression by Austin and Milly if they do not obey. What Putin said means nothing. What he does means everything. pl