Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, has stated that the alliance plans to enhance its presence in the Black Sea, as the organization reported on its website.
“NATO is also concerned by Russia’s pattern of aggressive behaviour. Including its ongoing actions against Ukraine, and the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and ships near the Sea of Azov. NATO has already stepped up its presence in the Black Sea. And we continue to work closely with our partners in the region,” Stoltenberg said.
According to Stoltenberg, the decision on the strengthening of the drills of the Ukrainian and Georgian coastal guard and Navy can be made on April 3-4 in Washington during the meeting of the foreign ministries of the alliance. He also noted that the NATO vessels would enter the ports of the Black Sea.
As we reported, NATO warships from Canada and Spain arrived in the seaport of Odesa, southern Ukraine. The ships appeared in Odesa after patrolling the Black Sea waters. They would remain in the docks until late April 3. Besides, they were accompanied by Russian forces.