Russia criticises US-led Black Sea exercises

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 31.3.2017 16:35

The Russian Defence Ministry announced on 28 March that it deems US naval perambulations in the Black Sea as a budding threat to its safety, as it is unclear what types of arsenals the ships carry. Russian Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir affirmed at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that the possibility of employing ground versions in Poland and Romania of ship-based launchers to deploy Tomahawk cruise missiles candidly breaches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)

USS Carter Hall, a US amphibious dock-landing ship, recently partook in bilateral exercises with Romania in the Black Sea. Russian news agency, Pravda, reported that Russia closed Crimean airspace in February, ostensibly in response to NATO aviation exercises, fortifying its Crimean defence. Russian paratroopers initiated their own amphibious assault exercises in Crimea on March 20, after the US reportedly conducted similar amphibious exercises with Ukraine in 2016. Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014, has its Black Sea Fleet based at Sevastopol.

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