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U.S. Navy Keeps Up Steady Black Sea Presence; Russia Keeps Watching

The USS Cole on its most recent visit to the Black Sea, in October 2014. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy warship entered the Black Sea this week "to promote peace and stability in the region," according to a Navy statement, but Russia doesn't see it that way.

"The destroyer Cole entered the Black Sea February 8. From the moment it entered the Black Sea straits, surveillance units of the Black Sea Fleet have been carrying out careful tracking of the American ship," an anonymous Russian naval source told Interfax.

The ship's first stop was Constanta, Romania, where it is spending four days. It's not clear what its itinerary is after that. 

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U.S. Navy Keeps Up Steady Black Sea Presence; Russia Keeps Watching

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