The Pentagon refused to comment on the dispatch of warships to the Black Sea

According to a U.S. Defense Department spokesman, “This is nothing new.”

A Defense Department spokesman on Friday declined to discuss Turkey’s comment that the United States will send two warships to the Black Sea next week, adding that the U.S. military regularly sends its ships to the region, Reuters reported.

“This is nothing new,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, referring to the dispatch of U.S. warships in the Black Sea.

Kirby also declined to disclose the data the United States has received on the number of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders, saying such questions should be addressed to Moscow.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia now has more troops on its border with Ukraine than at any time since 2014.

Earlier, CNN reported that the United States is considering sending warships to the Black Sea in the next few weeks to support Kiev amid a growing Russian military presence near Ukraine’s eastern border. CNN cited a Pentagon source as saying.

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