A Romanian worker speaks on the phone back dropped by the USS Monterey in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania (File Photo - June 7, 2011)Russia has expressed concern about a U.S. warship just off its shores in the Black Sea.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey is taking part in annual joint military exercises conducted by NATO and Ukraine.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying Moscow has repeatedly stressed that any elements of the U.S. strategic infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of Russia will be considered a security threat.

The statement comes after Russia and the West failed last week to reach an agreement on a missile shield project for Europe.

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