Russia has warned Nato after the latest military test
The joint military PASSEX 2017 exercise between Canada, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria was carried out in the body of water which borders part of the Russia's coastline.
According to a report from the Bulgarian ministry of defence, “tactical manoeuvring, air defence, repelling asymmetric attacks from an enemy above water, delivery of cargo by helicopter, and other manoeuvres” were carried out.
At present, we are watching and monitoring everything that is happening there
Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu claimed Moscow was monitoring the Sea Shield drills.
He said: “At present, we are watching and monitoring everything that is happening there.
“We hope that the exercise will be conducted in the safest possible environment, without any challenges to Russia. In any case, we are ready to take on these challenges.”
Nato and Russia have been at odds over military exercises
Two frigates from the Nato Permanent On Call Joint Maritime Battle Force – Canadian Navy frigate St. John’s and Spanish Navy frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón, a frigate from Romania, Bulgarian corvette Reshitelni and a special unit of Bulgarian Naval intelligence – all docked at the Bulgarian port of Varna.
Canadian and Spanish maritime forces also took part in a separate Romanian-led Sea Shield 2017 exercise in the Black Sea between February 1-10.
The drills involved 16 warships and 10 warplanes in the eastern part of the sea – close to the Russian border.
US and Polish troops conducted a joint military drill last month, using new American hardware, in what has been dubbed the biggest deployment by the US since the end of the Cold War.
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Putin has been highly critical of Nato’s military deployments in the former Soviet nation’s sphere of influence.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said earlier this month: “These actions threaten our interests, our security.
“Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders.”
4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border Mon, November 28, 2016
Eleven NATO countries have sent 4,000 troops to Lithuania, the largest Baltic nation, to participate in this year’s Iron Sword exercises. The war games are meant to test the country’s ability to rapidly deploy a large number of troops.
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Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade fire blanks from a machine gun during a simulated attack
Sergey Shoigu claimed Moscow was monitoring the Sea Shield drills
Russia has since stationed modern weaponry near its western border and in Kaliningrad, a Russian-controlled enclave which shares a border with Poland and Lithuania.
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