NATO countries agreed to strengthen presence in the Black sea

Jens Stoltenberg



Defence Ministers of countries-members of NATO adopted the decision to strengthen naval presence in the Black sea.

NATO strengthens military presence in the Black sea and will complete the deployment of tactical battle groups in the Baltic States and in Poland. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting of defence Ministers of NATO countries on Thursday in Brussels.

“Today we approved two additional decisions concerning Maritime areas: to expand naval presence of NATO in the Black sea with the aim of improving training, exercises, monitoring the situation and coordinating the ongoing naval groups during action with other forces of the Alliance in the Black sea region”, – said the NATO Secretary General.

He noted that these activities complement the land and air Alliance presence in the region, where on the territory of Romania deployed a multinational team .

Stoltenberg also announced plans for allies to finish till June the redeployment and accommodation in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland four combat tactical groups.

“Our deployments are defensive and measured. We will not compete with Russia over a number of soldiers, tanks, planes. Our goal is to prevent conflict, not provoke it,” – said the head of the Alliance.

NATO Secretary General stressed that this is a clear signal to a potential aggressor.

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