The US State Department said the move was part of an ongoing campaign to destabilize Ukraine amid growing Russian troops in the region.
The US State Department has considered an “unjustified escalation” reported Russia’s plan to blockade areas of the Black Sea, which could ultimately affect Ukraine’s access to ports in amid growing tensions over Moscow’s military maneuvers.
The US and its European allies have expressed concerns about Russia’s military build-up in recent weeks and fear that Moscow may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. Russia, a separatist country in eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea in 2014.
Russian state media reported that Moscow intends to close areas of the Black Sea to foreign military and official ships for six months, which may affect access to Ukrainian ports in The Sea of Azov, which connects to the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait.
Russia has temporarily restricted the movement of foreign warships and what it calls “other state ships” near Crimea.
“This represents another unjustified escalation in Moscow’s ongoing campaign to sabotage and destabilize Ukraine,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
He added: “This development is particularly troubling given the credible reports of Russian troop growth in occupied Crimea and around Ukraine’s borders, now at levels not seen since. invasion of Russia in 2014 ”.
Last week, Washington imposed sanctions against Russia and expelled its ambassadors due to Moscow meddling in last year’s US presidential election, cyberattacks, bullying of Ukraine and actions taken by the government. accusations are “malicious” other.
Days later, Russia expelled American diplomats in a tit-for-tat move.
Ukraine and Russia have blamed increased violence in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops fought Russian-backed separatists in a conflict that Kyiv said killed 14,000 people. since 2014.
The US Federal Aviation Administration on Monday urged airlines to exercise “extreme caution” when flying near the Ukraine-Russia border, citing potential safety risks.
On Monday, top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said more than 100,000 Russian troops had gathered on the Ukrainian border and in Crimea had merged.
He said there are no plans for new economic sanctions or expulsion of Russian diplomats for the time being.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, after speaking to the EU foreign ministers, urged the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia.