Vladimir Putin said that NATO exercises in the Black Sea are a “serious challenge for us”.
Putin made it clear that Russian forces will be limited to escorting aircraft and ships that participate in the unplanned practices of NATO and the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, Saturday, that his country has ruled out holding maneuvers in the Black Sea in response to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) maneuvers so as not to escalate the situation.
“Our Ministry of Defense also has a proposal to conduct its own maneuvers in these waters, but I think it is inappropriate and there is no need to further aggravate the situation there,” the president said in an interview with Russia 1 channel.
In his speech in the Moscow program. The Kremlin. Putin explained that in this way, Russian forces will be limited to escorting aircraft and ships that participate in the unplanned practices of NATO and the United States in the Black Sea.
Regarding the foreign forces currently in that region, he said that a fairly strong naval group has not been formed, but aviation, including strategic aviation, is used in the course of the exercises.
Putin stated that the planes used by these forces are B-51s, “very old”, but stressed that the biggest concern is that they carry strategic military weapons on board. “This is a serious challenge for us,” he concluded.
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