Contents tagged with Black Sea

  • Warships from four NATO countries will carry out air defense exercises during Black Sea drills

    On the 13th of February, warships from Canada, Spain, Romania, and Bulgaria will practice air defense maneuvers and responses to simulated enemy attacks, the press service of the Bulgarian Defense Ministry reported.

    “Tactical maneuvering, air defense, responses to different surface attacks, helicopter cargo deliveries, and other maneuvers will be practiced during these PASSEX-type exercises (passing exercise). These exercises will take place on the 13th of February in the Black Sea,” the …

  • Russian Defense Ministry summons Ukrainian military attache regarding attack on Ukrainian aircraft

    On Wednesday evening, Russia's Defense Ministry invited the Ukrainian Defense Attaché in Russia for the delivery of a military-diplomatic note in connection with the Ukrainian aircraft’s flyby near the drill towers in the Black Sea. Interfax-Ukraine reported the details.

    "The delivered note emphasized that the actions of the Ukrainian aircraft were regarded as provocative," said the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov. According to him, the …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO will strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the NATO countries’ Ministry of Defence representatives are going to adopt a package of measures to strengthen the military presence in the Black Sea region at a meeting in February.

    Stoltenberg made this statement at a meeting with the new president of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev.

    "We see a more aggressive Russia. We see riots and violence in the south, and terrorism. And we see cyber-attacks and hybrid wars," Stoltenberg said.

    "Therefore NATO …

  • Canadian and Spanish warships entered the Black Sea

    The Spanish frigate, Almirante Juan de Borbón, which is equipped with an Aegis Combat System, and the Canadian frigate, St. John's, entered the Black Sea waters yesterday.

    The Spanish and Canadian frigates are part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), which operates in the Mediterranean Sea.

    According to Romanian Naval Forces, the ships will take part in the Sea Shield 2017 NATO exercise, which will be held from February 1 to 10 in the eastern part of the Black Sea.

    In the near …

  • The Deputy Head of Russia’s FSB Border Service accused Ukraine of provocations at the border

    On the 22nd of January, the Deputy Head of Russia’s FSB Border Service, Admiral Gennady Medvedev, accused Ukraine of violating the Russian State border and carrying out provocative actions. According to Medvedev, actions of the Ukrainian Naval Forces in the Black Sea pose a real threat to the security of maritime economic activities of the Russian Federation. Medvedev noted that Russian Security Services jointly with the Russian Navy curb such activities.

    According to him, Ukraine allegedly …

  • Poltorak claimed that Ukraine intends to hold regular missile exercises in the Black sea

    Ukraine is planning to hold regular missile firing exercises in the Black Sea, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with Channel 5.

    "I consider these exercises as very good and necessary. We are not going to ask anyone which exercises we should hold in our own territory. They will be held as regularly as needed,” Poltorak stated.

    According to the Minister, Russian authorities reacted strongly to the exercises held by Ukraine. He added that the Defense Ministry was ready to …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO is considering strengthening its presence in the Black Sea

    The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, stated that NATO is seriously thinking about strengthening its presence in the Black Sea region, as quoted by digi24 news portal. “Currently, we are reviewing the possibility of ensuring our presence on the Black Sea by means of naval and air forces. We are discussing this problem mostly with coastal States – Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey,” Stoltenberg explained.

    The Secretary General of NATO noted that, “ …

  • Border Service of Ukraine: Russian warship blocked the way to drill rigs in the Black Sea

    The State Border Service of Ukraine said that a Russian warship, Pytlivy, is blocking the path to oil rigs in the Black Sea. This was said by the Chief of Staff of the 1st Sea Guard detachment Captain Ihor Zapyantsev at a press conference in Odessa, UNIAN reported.

    According to Zapyantsev, on December 1st, when the border guards conducted a special naval operation in the exclusive (maritime) economic zone in the Odessa gas field located in the Northwestern part of the Black Sea, the Russian …

  • Ukrainian mission to NATO: Ukraine must participate in strengthening the alliance's presence in the Black Sea

    The Acting Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Yehor Bozhok, is convinced that increasing the NATO presence in the Black Sea region with the aim of enhancing security would be incomplete without the participation of Ukraine and Georgia, as cited by UNIAN, reporting from Brussels during a press conference prior to the meeting of the Defense Ministers of NATO member states.

    "In my opinion, any actions to be undertaken in the Black Sea in the context of enhancing security would be incomplete …

  • NATO defense ministers to discuss strengthening the alliance's presence in the Black Sea region

    At a meeting in Brussels on October 26th and 27th, the 28 defense ministers of NATO member-states will discuss strengthening the alliance’s presence in the Black Sea region, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated.

    "We will implement plans to strengthen NATO’s presence in the Black Sea region. We will assess the infrastructure needed for NATO countries to ensure the rapid deployment of our forces in Europe,” Stoltenberg told reporters.

    In February, NATO defense ministers agreed on …