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US mulls sending warship to Black Sea in Ukraine response

Published on Apr 2, 2014 6:14 AM
United States (US) sailors take part in a military drill on board the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun in the Black Sea, near Bulgaria and Romania on March 19, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (REUTERS) - The top US general in Europe is looking at options including moving a US warship to the Black Sea and bolstering scheduled Nato exercises in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, a US defense official told Reuters on Tuesday.

A small team of about 10 soldiers from an Army brigade could also head to Europe "very soon" to better prepare for a larger scheduled deployment this summer as part of a Nato response force.

"This brigade combat team was already scheduled to be part of the Nato response force going this summer. And we're just looking ... at ways that we can improve their deployment even more," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Nato said earlier on Tuesday it was suspending all practical cooperation with Russia in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defenses and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.

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