Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that there would be an increase in training drills
Alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said that there would be an increase in training drills in the sea.
But he stressed that the actions are not to stoke tensions with Moscow but to deter it.
The decision to increase the naval presence and also establish a firmer link between navies was made at a summit in Brussels on February 16.
However, Mr Stoltenberg had first indicated his desire to see that happen in January.
He said: “We are strengthening our presence in the Black Sea region, with a package of measures on land, at sea and in the air.
“And we will finalise this work at our meeting of defence ministers in February. And several allies have already indicated they will contribute to this presence.”
The planned NATO buildup in the Black Sea is aimed at being a slow confrontation with Russia.
NATO is attempting to put pressure on pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin
Yet Mr Putin appears to think it points the finger at Russia as an aggressor – making them into the main threat to the alliance.
The Kremlin leader said: “At the NATO summit last July in Warsaw for the first time since 1989, Russia was recognised as the key security threat for the alliance, and its deterrence was officially proclaimed the new NATO mission.
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said this would make Russian military closely monitor the alliance’s moves.
US President Donald Trump, like, Mr Putin, is another world leader who is not a fan of NATO
Romania first proposed a permanent NATO naval presence in the Black Sea in June 2016 to deal with Russia.
The country’s defence minister Mihnea Motoc said: “Romania, like NATO and the EU, remains open to dialogue with Russia.
“However and at least for the short term, we have to factor in very seriously and responsibly the grave altering of confidence and the complex security environment we live in.”
US President Donald Trump, like, Mr Putin, is not a fan of NATO.
He has branded it "obsolete" and incapable of fighting terrorism.
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S defence secretay Jim Mattis, spelled out America’s stance on NATO in his first speech to NATO allies in Brussels since taking the job.
He warned that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether the member countries met their spending commitments.
He said: “Americans cannot care more for your children’s future security than you do.
“If your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defence.”
According to a 2006 decision on spending, all 28 members of NATO should spend two percent of GDP on defence.
But in 2015, only the US, Britain, Greece, Poland and Estonia met the target.
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