Russia upgrades Black Sea forces in response to NATO buildup

Russia upgrades Black Sea forces in response to NATO buildup
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Russia is upgrading its Black Sea forces in the context of NATO’s approaching infrastructures and proportionately to its real defense requirements, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said, APAreports citing TASS.

"It goes without saying that we have been upgrading our forces in view of the fact that NATO’s infrastructures are approaching our shores. All of our efforts are absolutely adequate and proportionate to the real defense security requirements," he said.

"We will respond to all this in accordance with our ideas of what else is to be done to safeguard our defense and security interests," Grushko said. "This will be done. No doubts about that."

"By and large nothing has changed," he said. "The Black Sea Fleet has been there for the past 200 years, including the period when Crimea was Ukrainian. The fleet incorporates the ships, both surface ones and submarines, the Marines, the coastal defense and a very strong air component. In this sense the quality of our military presence on the Black Sea has not changed in any way."

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