Turchynov: Russia continues escalation in Azov-Black Sea basin

Turchynov: Russia continues escalation in Azov-Black Sea basin

Ukraine increases its military presence in the Azov-Black Sea basin because the Russian Federation escalates its aggressive policy in this region.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov stated this at a meeting with Chairman of the National Defense Committee of the Parliament of Estonia Hannes Hanso, the NSDC press service reports.

“Russia's military component in the Sea of Azov is intensifying… Ukraine, in turn, increases its military presence in the region to protect itself. In particular, a ship-naval grouping of the Naval Forces of Ukraine has been created in the Sea of Azov,” Turchynov said

He noted that despite Russia's aggression, Ukraine continues to reform the security and defense sector in line with the NATO standards.

In addition, during the meeting, considerable attention was paid to the issue of extending sanctions against the Russian Federation by the EU countries and the problem of constructing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which poses a threat to both the Ukrainian and European energy systems.


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