Nov 18, 2021
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Foreign Ministry calls US military exercises in the Black Sea a provocation

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia expects that “common sense will prevail” and the United States will abandon plans to dominate the Black Sea, RIA Novosti reports.

Prior to this, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet announced that the flagship command ship Mount Whitney was headed to the Black Sea for joint operations with the Alliance forces.

According to Zakharova, this is a blatant attempt to test the Russian reaction and heighten tensions. The diplomat noted that these actions seriously increase the risk of escalation. She said that she hoped that “common sense is in Washington and it will prevail.”

Earlier, military expert Dmitry Boltenkov noted that the NATO surprise exercises that took place in the Black Sea turned out to be a PR move. At the same time, according to him, the ships of the alliance worked out communication and interaction, and NATO reconnaissance aircraft switched to tracking the Russian fleet in the Crimea region.

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