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NATO flights over Black Sea real concern for Moscow

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MOSCOW (TASS): The reconnaissance aircraft of the NATO countries have significantly increased the number of flights near the borders of the Russian Fe-deration in the Black Sea region over the past day. T-his was reported to report-ers at the Russian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday.
“Over the past day, the reconnaissance aircraft of the NATO countries have significantly increased the intensity of flights near the borders of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The ministry recalled that on November 9, over the Black Sea, the US Air Force’s E-8C airborne reconnaissance aircraft was accompanied by the radio-technical means of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
“Also in the past day, Russian anti-aircraft missile forces over the Black Sea were accompanied by three reconnaissance aircraft of NATO member states,” the ministry said.
The US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft took off from an air base on the island of Crete in Greece and approached the state border of the Russian Federation at a distance of 30 km; the base patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon of the US Navy took off from an air base on the island of Sicily in Italy and approached the state border of the Russian Federation at a distance of 70 km; The C-160G Gabriel reconnaissance aircraft of the French Aerospace Forces, which took off from an airbase in Romania, was approaching the state border of Russia by 30 km.
“Another U-2 strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force, which took off from the territory of Great Britain, was dete-cted and accompanied by radar reconnaissance equipment over the territory of Ukraine,” the ministry said. This plane was approaching the Russian border at a distance of 60 km.
The ministry emphasized that the Russian missile cruiser Moskva and the frigate Admiral Essen, which have been carrying out planned tasks since October 30 in the southeastern part of the Black Sea, are tracking the actions of the US Navy in the Black Sea, who have arrived for an unscheduled multinational exercise.
On the morning of November 10 at 8:56 am Moscow time, the US Navy guided missile destroyer Porter left the Georgian port of Batumi. At 9:20 am Moscow time, the US Navy headquarters ship Mount Whitney left Batumi. The US Navy tanker John Len-thall is located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea, “the ministry said.
“The actions of the American Navy, together with reconnaissance and strategic aviation in the Black Sea, confirm the true goal of the unscheduled multinational exercise: the development of the alleged theater of military operations and, in particular, the territory of Ukraine in case Kiev prepares a military solution in the southeast,” the Russian Defense Ministry emphasized. …
Earlier, the Russian military department issued a statement according to which the United States is forming a multinational grouping of armed forces in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation explained that the US Navy ships arrived to participate in multinational exercises in the Black Sea region.
Missile destroyer Porter, tanker John Lenthall and US Navy command ship Mount Whitney are currently in the exercise, according to the ministry. The Ministry of Defense stressed that it is about unscheduled actions of the US forces, which create a multinational grouping of armed forces in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border.
The statement said that such actions are a destabilizing factor in the region, one of the goals of which is the military development of the territory of Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Russian armed forces are continuously monitoring and monitoring the situation.

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