Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

09/18/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2020 08:32

NATO has increased the intensity of naval forces, strategic aviation, and air and naval intelligence means in the Black sea

18.09.2020 (16:45)

NATO has increased the intensity of not only naval forces in the Black sea, but also strategic aviation, as well as air and naval intelligence means. This was announced today at a briefing at the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation by first Deputy Chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed Forces - Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Sergey Rudskoy.

'The number of visits to the Black sea by warships of the North Atlantic Alliance remains high,' he said. ' the total duration of their stay from January to September increased by 33% compared to last year. Up to 40% of them are carriers of high-precision long-range weapons.'

As an example of a carrier of such weapons, Sergey Rudskoy cited the USS 'Franklin Roosevelt', which can carry up to 90 'Tomahawk' cruise missiles.

'Currently, this destroyer and three other ships of non-black sea states are located in the Black sea. By intensive actions of the Black Sea Fleet, the deployment of alliance ships was promptly detected, and their direct escort and tracking with weapons was organized,' Rudskoy added.

'The number of reconnaissance aircraft flights in the Black sea region increased by 40 percent compared to the same period last year,' he said at a briefing at the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, the First Deputy Chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed Forces clarified that the intensity of air reconnaissance operations directly near the Crimean Peninsula increased by 61 percent.

'Only on September 4, five reconnaissance aircraft were simultaneously over the Black sea. Their minimum approach to the Russian border was 15 kilometers,' he recalled.

Rudskoy clarified that not only NATO reconnaissance aircraft are operating over the Black sea, but also American strategic bombers.

'On August 28, September 4 and September 14, US Air Force B-52H planes worked out how to use cruise missiles over the waters of the Black and Azov seas, delivering conditional missile strikes against targets in the Southern Military District. During these flights, American planes approached the Russian border at a distance of up to 11 kilometers, ' he stressed.