NATO Foreign Ministers agree to enhance security in the Black Sea Region

April 4, 2019 – Meeting in Washington D.C. on Thursday, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed a package of measures to improve NATO’s situational awareness in the Black Sea region and strengthen support for partners Georgia and Ukraine. Ministers also reiterated their call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships seized near the Sea of Azov. Earlier, Ministers addressed Russia’s continuing violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. They called on Russia again to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty, and discussed the way forward. “We…

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NATO Frigates Toronto and Santa Maria in Odessa

April 1, 2019 – “The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria (F-81) have moored to the berth of the Odessa Marine Station. These ships carry out the patrol in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). They arrived in Odesa on a friendly visit to have a rest and will stay there for three days,” the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports. As noted, Toronto and Santa Maria entered the Black Sea…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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