According to the official representative of the Pentagon, such a decision was made earlier this year because of the situation around Ukraine.

The United States withdrew its warships from the Black Sea region because of the situation around Ukraine.

This was announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

“It was considered prudent to do so when we saw that an invasion was becoming imminent,” Kirby said at a briefing.

He insisted that the United States wanted to “make it clear to everyone that the United States is not interested in provoking a conflict by one decision or another on the deployment of forces.”

Kirby did not specify when the American ships would be able to return to the Black Sea.