Russia ‘Monitors’ Military Exercises in the Black Sea after Clashes with Britain


MOSCOW – Just days after a high-profile confrontation with a British ship off the coast of Crimea, Russia said it was monitoring ships taking part in the Sea Breeze military exercise in the Black Sea.

“Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is carrying out a set of measures to control the actions of NATO and other countries participating in the Sea Breeze-2021 exercise,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The multinational exercise has been held in Russia’s western neighbor, Ukraine, since 1997. The organizers of the exercise are Ukraine and the United States (US).

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A total of 32 countries on Monday began military exercises, which are planned to last two weeks.

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The drills follow an incident last week in which Moscow said its navy fired warning shots to pursue a British warship in the Black Sea waters off the Crimea coast.

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Russia said the British naval vessel violated its territorial waters, while Britain said it was making “peaceful passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.”

Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, in a move not recognized by the US, UN General Assembly, or Turkey, among many other countries.



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