NATO naval drills start in Black Sea after one-day delay

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NATO's Black Sea members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined four other alliance states in a multinational naval exercise on March 10 just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia last year.

The naval rapid reaction force in the Black Sea drills consists of a United States flagship, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg, and ships from the six other participating states. Canada, Germany and Italy are also taking part.

NATO has held a series of exercises in eastern Europe since Moscow's move into the region to reassure members jittery about Russian intentions in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

The training will include simulated anti-air and anti-submarine warfare exercises, as well as simulated small boat attacks and basic ship handling manoeuvres, a Bulgarian navy spokesman told Reuters.

Last week, Russia's defence ministry said its forces had begun large-scale military exercises in southern Russia and in disputed territories on Russia's borders, including the Crimea region.

Relations between Russia and the West are their most strained since the Cold War. Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of directing a separatist assault in eastern Ukraine with its own troops and weapons. Russia denies those accusations.

Once a close ally of the Soviet Union, Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and is one of six eastern European countries that will host new command units staffed with national and NATO soldiers being set up in response to the Ukraine crisis.


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I hope the US and its European allies don't drag Turkey to a confrontation with the Russian.
 
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I am surprised the, trials are happening again and hope it works out well and this does bring a positive change and it will continue to work well and they can move forward. So there has been, blame since the cold war and hope that get's investigated really well. It will be interesting to see, what happens and how the relations will work and also how the two countries will deal with each other in terms of politicial power.
 

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