Turkey has granted authorization for the passage of a US warship through the Turkish Straits to the Black Sea, an official speaking on condition of anonymity said on Wednesday.

The ship is expected to travel through the straits within the next few days, the official added. Turkish media reported on the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in a Greek port, but the official said that a different US ship was set to pass through the Straits, but that he could not reveal its name.

The passage of the US ship comes amid tensions between Russia and the West over Russian military incursions in the Crimea peninsula in southern Ukraine and hints of a larger invasion of Ukrainian territory following the toppling of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in the wake of anti-government and pro-EU protests. […]