Contents tagged with Black Sea

  • 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 …

  • US warship entered the Black Sea

    The USS Carney, a US destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, has entered the Black Sea. This information was made available on the Twitter page of the Turkish Bosphorus Naval News Portal.

    This portal tracks the movement of ships through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits. The report said that “USS Carney is passing through Istanbul one day after the USS Mount Whitney left”.

    In June, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the dangerously close encounter of the Russian …

  • U.S. Navy ship entered the Black Sea

    On Monday, October 17, 2016, the USS Mount Whitney command ship of the US Navy entered the Romanian port of Constanta. According to Pentagon the pupose of the visit was to "strengthen the NATO cooperation in the Black Sea".

    "Strengthening alliances through port visits such as this reinforces the shared commitment to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners.," the statement of the U.S. Department of …

  • Russian commander says Black Sea Fleet is capable of destroying enemy landing forces

    TASS reports that the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Valery Gerasimov, stated that the Black Sea Fleet of Russia “is capable of destroying enemy landing forces in ports of their landing.” Gerasimov did not specify which ports or what country he was referring to but he noted that enemy landing forces “should not reach the Black Sea coast of the Crimea wherever they are coming from.”

    Gerasimov stressed that the Black Fleet of Russia uses the Bastion coastal defense …

  • France increases its military presence in the Black Sea

    French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, during his visit to Georgia, said that a French warship will soon arrive in Batumi. According to the Minister, this is one of the symbols of French-Georgian cooperation.

    "The main message of my visit is that we are planning to increase the number of ships in the Black Sea. A warship will be located in Batumi, and this fact signifies the historic partnership between our countries, imbued with trust," the Minister said at the press conference.

    The …

  • Ukrainian border guards record presence of Russian FSB ship in the Black Sea

    On September 1st, a patrol aircraft of the Ukrainian State Border Service identified the Russian FSB Coast Guard patrol ship Izumrud in the Black Sea. The Russian ship was noted in Karkinitsky Bay about 10 miles from the southern part of Dzharylgach Island, as reported on September 2nd at a briefing by a representative of the State Border Guard service, Oleh Slobodian.

    “A tactical group comprising of the ship Podilia and motor boat Zlatokrai of the Maritime border guard went to this area …

  • Russia's Black Sea Fleet begins naval exercises

    The Black Sea Fleet of Russia has started naval exercises. Their press service announced on Wednesday that the exercises would last until August 27th. According to their press release, “At the initial stage, Naval Forces will perform anti-submarine tasks, deploy anti-mine forces and carry out minefield operations.”

    Crews of the mine-sweepers Turbinist and Ivan Golubets will search and destroy minefields mainly by shooting at floating mines. The guard ship Admiral Grigorovich and small anti- …

  • Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO: Military buildup in Crimea is not directed against NATO

    The build-up of Russian military forces in the Crimea is not directed at anyone, including NATO. According to RIA Novosti, this was said by Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO, Alexander Grushko.

    “Somehow, there exists a kind of contrived element of intimidation of public opinion if we talk about the perception of what we are doing in the Crimea. NATO is actually well aware that a very serious Russian component has always been present in the Crimea at all times,” Grushko explained. …