For the first time since the beginning of the war: NATO exercises are taking place in the Black Sea
NATO ships in the Black Sea (illustrative photograph of exercises in 2014)/nato.int
The annual NATO military exercise Breeze is taking place in the Bulgarian Black Sea. 11 NATO countries are participating in the exercise.
24 combat and auxiliary ships and boats are participating in the exercise
These are the first large-scale exercises in the Black Sea since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Bulgaria, Albania, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, USA, Turkey and France take part in the exercises.
From these countries, as well as from the NATO Naval Command, 24 combat and auxiliary ships and boats, 5 aircraft, 4 helicopters and 1390 naval personnel are participating in the exercises.
It is reported that due to the real danger, it is free floating anti-ship mines in the areas of the exercise, measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the participants.
Note. The operational command “South” reported a mine threat in the northwestern part of the Black Sea due to stormy weather. Russian mines may drift towards the coast.
russia keeps ships in the black sea
- While 11 NATO countries are conducting exercises, the Russians keep a ship group that controls the situation in the northwestern part of the black sea. the Russians are holding large landing ships, as well as ships capable of hitting with Kalibr-type missiles.
- The Ukrainian Navy recently reported that the occupiers are strengthening the protection of the Crimean bridge. Russia conducts combat training to defend the bridge across the Kerch Strait. In addition, the Kremlin decided to tighten security measures in the occupied Crimea.
- It is important to add that on July 22, Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey are to sign the so-called “grain agreement”. The agreement provides for the safe export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea. At the talks in Istanbul, Ukraine managed to achieve the operation of three ports: Odessa, Yuzhny, Chornomorsk.
- Greece, which is a member of NATO, has declared its readiness to provide its ships for the export of Ukrainian grain by sea.