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NATO countries agreed on measures aimed at strengthening their presence in the Black Sea, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
“We approved a package of measures aimed at improving our awareness of the situation, as well as at increasing support for Georgia and Ukraine,” he said at a press conference.
He noted that it also deals with the training of the naval forces and the coast guard of these countries, ship visits, joint exercises and information sharing.
NATO Secretary General recalled that at the moment in the Black Sea is one of the NATO ship groups, which conducts maneuvers with the Ukrainian and Georgian ships.
“Russia used force to illegally annex Crimea to Ukraine, and continues to build up military forces in the region,” Stoltenberg also said, once again calling for the release of detained Ukrainian sailors.
The NATO Secretary General said that he simultaneously supports both strengthening the alliance’s defense and dialogue with Russia. According to him, “all members of NATO supported this approach during the meeting, which had just ended.”
Source: Maritime News of Russia