.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Warships of Russian Navy sailing on the Don River in Rostov-on-Don during move from Caspian Sea to Black Sea. (Photo Credit: AFP)
- The US state department branded Russia's plan to block parts of Black Sea as 'escalation'
- Tensions between Russia and the West have grown in recent weeks following an uptick in fighting with Ukraine
- Moscow has deployed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's northern and eastern borders
Russia and Western countries routinely intercept each other's fighter jets near their borders. (Photo Credit: Representational/Unsplash)