Germany and four other NATO members signed a document in Hamburg, which is set to strengthen co-operation aimed at protecting maritime routes in the English Channel and the North Sea, Deutsche Welle reports.
NATO intends to strengthen its position in the North Sea and the English Channel in order to be ready to repel Russia's threat: The relevant provisions are contained in an agreement signed on Thursday, November 7 by heads of naval forces of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands in Hamburg.
The document seeks to develop military cooperation between the aforementioned North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states within the NATO Advisory Body - Channel Committee (CHANCOM).
This committee was created during the Cold War under the Allied Command Forces commanding in the English Channel Strait in order to guarantee the security of US European allies' supplying. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the abolition of Alliance Command in the English Channel area, CHANCOM became a purely advisory body, members of which are the Navy Heads of particular countries.
As emphasized in the statement, which accompanied the signing of the agreement on November 7, the strategic situation in Europe has changed over the years. Certain states are increasingly putting existing international order in the face of new challenges. "Their actions are aimed at weakening the mutual support of our democratic societies," the document said.
As we reported earlier, Vessels of Black Sea Fleet of Russia held planned events of the combat training amid the military exercises of NATO Sea Breeze 2019, which take place in Ukraine as TASS reported.
“During the implementation of the tasks, the grouping of the Russians vessels has started the working out of the planned events of the combat training in the waters of the Black Sea,” the message said.