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Nov 11, 2021
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Ministry of Defense: Russian Armed Forces continuously monitor the situation in the Black Sea

The reconnaissance aircraft of the North Atlantic Alliance in the last day significantly increased the intensity of flights near the borders of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea region, the Russian military department reported.

The ministry recalled that on the eve of the Russian Aerospace Forces, a reconnaissance aircraft for ground targets and E-8C strike control aircraft of the United States Air Force was accompanied by radio equipment of the Russian Aerospace Forces over the Black Sea.

On November 9, the Russian military escorted three reconnaissance aircraft from NATO member states there. These were the US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft, which took off from an air base on the Greek island of Crete; French C-160G “Gabriel”, en route from Romania, as well as the patrol aircraft P-8A “Poseidon” of the US Navy that took off from the Italian air base. The first two aircraft approached the Russian border by 30 kilometers, the last by 70 kilometers.

Another American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft approached the Russian border at a distance of about 60 kilometers, it was detected and accompanied by radar reconnaissance equipment over the territory of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said.

They added that Russian ships are tracking the actions of the US Navy in the Black Sea. The American warships are watched by the missile cruiser Moskva and the frigate Admiral Essen.

According to the ministry, on Wednesday morning the US Navy destroyer Porter left the Georgian port of Batumi, followed by the US Navy’s headquarters ship Mount Whitney. The US Navy’s John Lenthall tanker is located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the actions of NATO warships and aircraft in the Black Sea “confirm the true purpose of the unscheduled multinational exercise.” This is “the development of the alleged theater of military operations and, in particular, the territory of Ukraine, in case Kiev prepares a military solution in the southeast,” according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has previously stated that the Russian military is monitoring American ships in the Black Sea. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasized that the NATO exercises are linked to the United States’ desire to step up its policy of containing Russia.

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