NATO to step up vigilance in Black Sea region to monitor Russian actions - Stoltenberg
NATO condemned Russia's withdrawal from the grain agreements and the terrorist state's attempts to turn hunger into a weapon. Russia's dangerous actions in the Black Sea pose a threat to the stability of the entire Black Sea region, and consequently to the Alliance.
Therefore, NATO has decided to strengthen intelligence in the Black Sea region. This was stated by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg after the meeting of the Council Ukraine-NATO, convened at the initiative of Kiev.
"An important meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council. We condemn Russia's withdrawal from the grain agreement, its cynical use of hunger as a weapon and its dangerous actions in the Black Sea. NATO remains united - the Alliance continues to step up in support of Ukraine and is increasing vigilance in the region," Stoltenberg said.
The statement following the Council meeting noted that NATO will strengthen intelligence in the Black Sea region. In particular, maritime patrol aircraft and drones will be used more actively.
"Russia's actions also pose significant risks to the stability of the Black Sea region, which is of strategic importance to NATO," Stoltenberg emphasized.
We shall remind you that on 23 July, it became known that Stoltenberg agreed to convene a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council on 26 July. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the leadership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with such a request a day earlier.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated that Russia was preparing ships and aircraft to block the Black Sea areas and predicted that the aggressor could attack civilian ships going to or leaving Ukrainian ports.
At the same time, British intelligence noted that Russia could intercept merchant ships going to Ukraine. They do not rule out that Russian forces may resort to attacks on civilian ships in the Black Sea.