NATO Coordinates Measures on Black Sea Security
Measures on Black Sea security include the training of maritime forces and coast guards
On Wednesday (Nov. 21) The foreign ministers of NATO member states reviewed the implementation of a package of measures on Black Sea security.
“Ministers also reviewed the implementation of the package of measures on the Black Sea security that we adopted in April. This includes the training of maritime forces and coast guards. Port visits and exercises. And sharing information. The recent visits of the North Atlantic Council to both Georgia and Ukraine were a good opportunity to see this package in action. NATO’s standing naval groups have been exercising with Georgian and Ukrainian ships, improving our ability to work together,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.
The Allies also continue regular patrols and air policing in the Black Sea region.
“At the same time, we welcome that Russia has finally returned the Ukrainian vessels it seized last November. This is what the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea had requested. And it is a step in the right direction ahead of the Normandy format summit next month,” Stoltenberg said.
The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia are scheduled to meet in Paris on Dec. 9.
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