BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, reportedly boarded one of two U.S. aircraft carriers that entered the Mediterranean waters on Tuesday to deliver a stern warning to the Russians, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Huntsman reportedly observed the operations of 9,000 sailors and marines, 130 aircraft and ten ships aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, which is making its first trip to the Mediterranean Sea.
“When you have 200,000 tons of diplomacy that is cruising in the Mediterranean,” Huntsman told CNN, “this is forward-operating diplomacy — nothing else need to be said.”
According to the publication, the U.S. and other western countries have accused Russia of displaying “bad behavior” in countries like Ukraine, Syria, and Venezuela.
The move by the U.S. comes just a week after Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad met with several Russian officials to discuss a number of topics, including the potential lease of the Tartous naval base for 49 years.
The U.S. is also concerned about Russia’s activities inside of Venezuela, as Washington recently accused Moscow of sending troops to Caracus in order to help the government of Nicolas Maduro.
Russia has denied these accusations, saying that they are providing humanitarian aid to the people under the World Health Organization (WHO).