In the face of rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev, Russia has increased its military presence in the Black Sea.
Yesterday (Saturday), two Russian warships passed through the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) towards the Black Sea route. They are accompanied by 15 small ships.
Russia has been holding a military exercise in the Black Sea since Wednesday.
Last week, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran called on the European Union to support Kiev in its confrontation with Russia.
Ukraine has recently received hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid, including armored vehicles, drones and anti-tank missiles, and is storing them near the Russian border.
The Black Sea is the main arena of confrontation between Russia and the West.
NATO naval units are constantly on the Black Sea and hold annual exercises off the coasts of Georgia and Ukraine, where Russia is considered the main enemy.
Relations between the West and Moscow have been strained since 2014 on the four levels of NATO’s expansion of military influence, especially because of NATO’s eastward expansion, the Ukraine crisis, the Baltic Sea and the situation in Syria.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EuroNews