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NATO holds naval exercises in the Black Sea

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By Euronews
NATO holds naval exercises in the Black Sea

<p><span class="caps">NATO</span> has held a series of naval exercises in the Black Sea off the Romanian coast, ahead of the one year anniversary of Russia’ annexation of Crimea.</p> <p>Warships of from six <span class="caps">NATO</span> countries – the US, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Romania – took part just 300 kilometers of Crimea. </p> <p>The alliance stresses no additional plans were after Russia increased its Russian military presence in this region. </p> <p>However <span class="caps">NATO</span> is sending a serious message by not cancelling the exercises, euronews’ Andrei Beketov reports.</p> <p>The Romanian air force work with the vessels to simulate anti-air and anti-submarine warfare. The whole operation is led from the <span class="caps">USS</span> Vicksburg.</p> <p>“Obviously the situation here is very unfortunate. And so coming here demonstrate that three <span class="caps">NATO</span> allies that we have in the Black Sea – Turkey Bulgaria and Romania – are very valuable members of the alliance. And its just as important that we come and train with them,” said US Rear Admiral Brad Williamson.</p> <p>The exercise sees a Russian jet flying over at low altitude.</p> <p>Russian air and naval approaches are closely monitored by ships radars and sonars.</p> <p>Moscow has accused <span class="caps">NATO</span> of “war games”, saying that they could have serious consequences for the settlement of the Ukraine conflict.</p> <p>Last week, Russia’s defence ministry said it had begun large scale military exercises.</p>