Vershbow: "NATO presence in the Black Sea may be increased"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia deploys missile batteries surface-to-air and other equipment for blocking NATO
12:09, 23 April 2016

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NATO presence in the Black Sea may be strengthened with the forces of Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania as part of a strategy to contain Russia. This was stated by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, reports Reuters.

"We need to consider a more long-term military presence of NATO in the region, with a particular concentration on our maritime capacity," - said Vershbow.

Ukraine must put on the agenda the question of joining NATO

Alliance is concerned about the Russian strategy of blocking NATO forces in the air, on land and at sea through the placement of missile batteries surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles in Kaliningrad, on the Black Sea and Syria.

NATO is already patrolling the Black Sea, but Vershbow noted that the patrols can be enhanced before Western leaders will meet at the Alliance's summit in Warsaw in July, which will be part of the implementation plan for moving troops for the rotation in the Baltic Sea and Poland.

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