Russian Navy tracks NATO squadron entering Black Sea (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The large patrol ship ‘Vasily Bykov,’ along with surveillance ship ‘Ivan Khurs,’ both of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, are closely tracking the movement of NATO vessels in the area, the Defense Ministry said.
The photos and videos from Turkey had earlier showed three NATO frigates passing through the Bosporus Strait and entering the Black Sea on Thursday. The ships – Canadian HMCS ‘Toronto,’ Spain’s ‘Santa Maria,’ and Dutch HNLMS ‘Evertsen’ – are set to visit the Ukrainian port of Odessa, near Russia’s Crimea. They are later scheduled to participate in the ‘Sea Shield 19’ naval drill, together with ships from Ukraine and Georgia.
NATO has stepped up its posturing in the Black Sea in recent years. In January, Washington dispatched destroyer USS ‘Donald Cook’ to spend more than a week in the region, training with the Georgian Navy. A month later, the ship paid a visit to Ukraine, docking in Odessa.Also on rt.com US Navy landing ship arrives to Black Sea to ‘advance security and stability in Europe’
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