Pentagon refuses to comment on US abandoning Black Sea transit

# 08:25
17 April 2021

The US Department of Defense has refused to comment on whether it had intentionally abandoned plans to conduct a Black Sea transit, noting instead that it has carried out such operations before and would continue to do so, APA reports quoting Sputnik..

John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, sidestepped questions on the matter from reporters on Friday, informing members of the media that the US defense agency has been "conducting warship operations in the Black Sea on a routine basis, and this will continue."

Refusing to confirm or deny reports that the US scrapped the transit plan on purpose, Kirby remarked that "we don’t talk about maritime operational movements in and out of specific choke points."