NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea
17 February 2017 – NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance’s naval presence in the Black Sea in response to an increasingly aggressive Russia.
Russia’s naval fleet based at Sevastopol in Crimea has been a major concern for NATO.
Stoltenberg told reporters after chairing the talks in Brussels that the move “will be measured, it will be defensive, and it will in no way aim at provoking any conflict or escalating tensions.”
Several NATO allies are already providing troops to 3,000-5,000-strong land force in Romania.