Moscow believes that NATO’s permanent presence in the Black sea will be destabilizing and harmful to the security of the region. This was stated by Director of Department of European cooperation Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kelin, reports “Interfax”.
“If the issue will be resolved in the establishment of a permanent connection, then of course it will have a destabilizing, it is not a space NATO, nothing to do with the Alliance it has in the Black sea the freedom of navigation,” he said, noting that it will not improve Russia’s relations with the Alliance.
The diplomat added that earlier in the Black sea came in a separate court outside of the States, however, such connection was not there. “As far as we know, NATO really is considering presence in the Black sea region, answering the calls of individual countries, particularly Romania, to establish there a permanent connection between the NATO members with the involvement of regional States,” he explained.
About the increasing presence of the Alliance in the Black sea, said yesterday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “We will take measures specifically designed to strengthen defense and deterrence in the black sea region”, — he said, explaining that these steps are part of measures to support allies.
According to Stoltenberg, is now being discussed create a framework of the Romanian team in the multinational division “South-East”. He noted that the author of this initiative vystrela Romania itself.
Now the ships of foreign countries come to the Black sea, in accordance with the Montreux Convention, according to which ships nachimovsky States can stay there for 21 days.