NATO is concerned about the increased activity of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic sea. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, reports Fraknfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
"Russia has invested heavily in its fleet, especially submarines, and 13 new submarines have been delivered since 2014. Russian submarine operations are at the highest level since the Cold War," he said.
He stressed that the transatlantic alliance should be able to transport troops and military equipment across the Atlantic, and that requires safe and open sea routes.
In addition, Stoltenberg pointed to the deficit of allied naval forces.
"After the end of the Cold War, NATO reduced its capabilities at sea, especially in the fight against submarines, we practiced them less and lost our skills," added the NATO Secretary General.
Earlier it was reported that in November the warships and the submarine of the Russian Federation approached the borders of Latvia. In addition, in the summer of this year, NATO air mission aircraft identified the Russian military transport aircraft over the Baltic Sea.