NATO heads of foreign ministries at the April 3–4 summit in Washington intend to consider and approve a package of measures aimed at containing the “threats that come from Russia in the Black Sea region”.
This was stated by the US Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison at a press briefing.
Hutchison stated that Russia continues to destabilize the situation in the Black and Azov Seas and called the “absolutely unacceptable” detention of three Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait and holding sailors from these ships captive.
She said that such “aggressive behavior” of Russia will be discussed at the summit.
Hutchison also revealed some details of the package of measures developed by the American authorities in cooperation with NATO to contain Russia in the Black Sea.
According to her, it will include observation from the air and an increase in the number of ships of NATO countries in the Black Sea.
“This is a package that strengthens reconnaissance and aerial reconnaissance, as well as increasing the number of NATO ships sent to the Black Sea to guarantee the safe passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov,” the US Permanent Representative said.
Hutchison added that NATO intends to make the Black Sea area safe for the countries of the region from “Russian obsession”.
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