On Monday Russia’s envoy to NATO insisted that Russia will prepare accordingly to NATO escalation in the Black Sea region. Since the Ukrainian conflict ignited in April 2014, the Atlantic alliance has steadily increased its military present in Eastern Europe.
Alexander Grushko warned through the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, “Recep Tayyop Erdogan said that the Black Sea cannot be transformed into a ‘Russian lake.’ But NATO is well aware that the Black Sea will never become a ‘NATO lake’ and we will take all necessary steps to neutralize possible threats and attempts to pressure Russia militarily from the south.”
Prior to that, General Alexander Vershbow, the NATO Deputy Secretary, suggested that NATO should consider a “more persistent” military presence in the the Black Sea region. He added that a number of security measures have already been taken in that region such as increased patrol rates and AWACS surveillance flights. US Marine Corps have also expanded their presence in Romania.