Putin describes Washington and NATO maneuvers in the Black Sea as a ‘dangerous challenge’

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the US-NATO military exercises in the Black Sea as “…serious challengeAbout Russia, in an interview broadcast on Saturday. “The United States and its NATO allies are conducting unscheduled maneuvers in the Black Sea. Not only with a powerful naval group, but also with aviation, including strategic aviation. It is a serious challenge for usThe Russian president announced in a Russian television interview that can be accessed on the Kremlin website.

Moscow said this week that the Russian president appeared to be referring to the participation of several US military ships in exercises in the Black Sea.to lookVladimir Putin added that the Russian Defense Ministry “A suggestion to do their own unscheduled exercises in those same waters but I think this is not appropriate and needless to make the situation worse».

The Black Sea has become a hotspot for relations between Moscow and the West, especially since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, located in these waters in 2014. Several NATO members – Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania – also border the Black Sea, where this Western military alliance conducts regular exercises and patrols.

Russian troop movements near Ukraine

The Russian president’s comments come as Washington this week expressed concern about Russian troop movements near Ukraine and warned Moscow of an invasion. “We are very concerned about some of the unusual troop movements that we are seeing on Ukraine’s bordersThat’s what US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Friday. “Russia will make a big mistake if they repeat what they did in 2014He warned, referring to Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula seven years ago.

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The Pentagon contacted Russia.to clarify their intentionsNoting that Russian military activity is located near the Ukrainian border.Abnormal“because”cuts“Based on”condition“Movements. The European Union also expressed concern on Friday about Russian military actions. A spokesman for European diplomacy said that the 27 member states of the European Union are in talks with the United States and the United Kingdom on it.”

For his part, Putin accused Ukraine of using Turkish-made drones against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, who have criticized Paris and Berlin. “Looks like we can’t let our guard downPutin said:Well, let them know we’re not readyUkraine has been at odds with pro-Russian separatists in its eastern countries since 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea, and more than 13,000 people have been killed in that conflict.

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