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Trump pressured Navy to cancel a routine Black Sea patrol because it was 'hostile to Russia'


The Black Sea is incredibly important to Russia. So important that Vladimir Putin invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014 following the Ukrainian revolution. Ever since Russia and Ukraine have been at odds with each other over the sea. This culminated in November 2018, when Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and held 24 Ukrainian service members captive. 

But according to Christopher Anderson, an aide to former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, President Donald Trump pressured the United States Navy to cancel a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Black Sea because he thought he would be hostile towards Russia.