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Russian vessels escort NATO frigates in Black Sea

Russian vessels Ivan Khurs and Vasyliy Bykov are observing the process
14:04, 29 March 2019

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Russian vessels escort three NATO frigates which entered the Black Sea by Ukraine’s invitation to the drills, as Russian news agency RBK reported referring to the Russian National Defence Management Centre.

“Efforts and means of the Black Sea fleet escort a group of NATO vessels consisting of three frigates with guided missile systems of Royal Netherlands Navy, Canada’s and Spain naval forces which entered the waters of the Black Sea,” the message says.

Related: Two NATO vessels to enter Odesa port

It was noted that Russian vessels Ivan Khurs and Vasyliy Bykov are observing the process.

As it was reported, three NATO vessels entered the Black Sea.  

Related: Russian vessels monitor U.S. destroyer in Black Sea

Earlier, French Navy warship, Éridan-class Minehunter Capricorne (M653) entered the sea port of Odesa

Earlier, American guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) has passed the Great Belt and entered the Baltic Sea moving along the German coast as gazeta.ru reported. This vessel entered the Baltic Sea for the second time in 2019. 

USS Gravely is the leader of the First permanent naval group of NATO, 57th out of 62 destroyers of the fourth generation with guided missile weaponry of Arleigh Burke type. Its construction was approved by thr U.S. Congress. The vessel is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles are its main weapon. The missile's range is up to 2,500 km and it can carry the nuclear warheads.

Related: Ukraine says it cannot ask Russia to extradite Nord vessel captain

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