Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu confirmed that foreign countries outside the region and within the NATO alliance have recently intensified their military presence in the waters of the Black Sea.
“Our fleet does not go back and forth off the coast of San Francisco (America), but their fleet (NATO countries) is spread out in the Black Sea,” Shoigu said, in an interview with “Russia-1” channel, excerpts of which were broadcast on Saturday.
Shoigu stressed that an increasing presence of ships and maritime forces of countries from outside the region has been monitored, indicating that such a presence has become almost permanent.
And the Russian Minister of Defense continued, asking: “What are they doing there? Of course we are doing everything to prevent the existence of any threat to our country, regardless of its source and nature.”
And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has previously confirmed that NATO considers the waters of the Black Sea a strategic area for it, and it intends to reinforce its military presence there.