During the exercises in occupied Crimea, Russian ships came very close to NATO ships - NATO Commander
The commander of NATO ground forces, Admiral Jeanette Morang, said that during the exercise, Russian ships came very close to NATO ships, but they just watched and did not interfere. She noted that despite Russia's accumulating military power and strengthening its position in the Black Sea, NATO is keeping it under control.
She told about it to Public Crimea.
She noted that the occupation ships acted safely and professionally.
"I think that the presence of NATO and Allies stabilizes the situation in the Black Sea region as long as everyone adheres to international norms and does everything to maintain security", - Morang said.
She shares the view with Ukrainian military experts that Russia is expanding its military presence in the Black Sea region and increasing its military power in new deployments.
Thus, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to increase the Russian fleet by 40 ships of various classes. But, according to the commander, NATO is keeping the situation under control.
"Thus, they will continue to build up their forces, but NATO is also taking steps to strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region. We plan to continue our strong presence while we continue our dialogue with Russia to keep the situation under control", - noted Morang.
What is known
- The European Union called the ceremony of laying two new ships for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin took part, a violation of international law.
- Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Sergey Krivonos claims that the Russian headquarters and mobilization base on the peninsula are in a prepared state and can very quickly move into the "active phase of hostilities".
- The commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergey Nayev, said that 32.5 thousand Russian servicemen were currently in occupied Crimea. He also listed military equipment on the peninsula.
- Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for Ukraine's Defense Ministry, said that the Russian Caucasus 2020's strategic military exercises would focus on a large number of weapons and military equipment at many training grounds, including in occupied Crimea and in the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces.