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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Bulgaria’s Black Sea Dilemma: NATO Ally or Russian Gateway? (Valeri R. Ratchev, Todor Tagarev, The Jamestown Foundation)

The Black Sea is the region most severely affected by the tensions between the Russian Federation and the Transatlantic alliance. An arc of conflicts, extending from Moldova through Ukraine to the South Caucasus and Central Asia, serves the Kremlin’s strategy of geopolitical control. Russia’s sharp aggression against Georgia and Ukraine turned the Black Sea from […]

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Guardian of the Danube: Romania’s Mixed Progress in Implementing a Black Sea Strategy (George Vișan, The Jamestown Foundation)

Romania’s maritime environment consists of the Danube River and the Black Sea. The river links the country to the sea providing an important trade connection with the rest of the continent as well as a natural frontier. Moreover, the Danube is crucial for Romania as it is one of the country’s most important sources of […]

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NATO aircraft intensify flights near Russian Black Sea borders over 24 hours — top brass (TASS)

NATO reconnaissance aircraft increased the number of flights near the Russian borders in the Black Sea region over the past 24 hours, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. “Over the past 24 hours, reconnaissance aircraft of NATO countries increased the intensity of flights near the borders of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea region,” […]

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Romanian official pitched Blinken on Black Sea troop boost (Joe Gould, Defense News)

Romania’s foreign minister said Tuesday he asked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in person to consider boosting the U.S. troop presence on the Black Sea to address flaring tensions with Russia. “We have discussed about the importance of increasing the U.S. presence in the region and in Romania,” H.E. Bogdan Aurescu said at an Atlantic Council […]

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Russian Navy forces hunt down enemy sub in drills as NATO warships enter Black Sea (TASS)

The crews of the Black Sea Fleet’s small anti-submarine warfare ships practiced hunting down and eliminating a notional enemy submarine during drills in the Black Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. Russian Navy forces hunt down enemy sub in drills as NATO warships enter Black Sea – Military & Defense – TASS

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NATO drills in Black Sea prompted by US desire to deter Russia, says top diplomat (TASS)

The NATO drills in the Black Sea are related to the desire of the United States and its allies to build up its policy of deterring Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. NATO drills in Black Sea prompted by US desire to deter Russia, says top diplomat – Military & Defense – […]

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Russian Defense Minister Calls ‘Constant’ U.S. Presence In Black Sea A Provocation (RFE RL)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called the constant presence of the U.S. Navy in the Black Sea a provocation after another ship entered the strategic waters. “This is an almost constant attempt to test us, to check how ready we are, how much we have built the entire [defense] system off the Black Sea coast,” Shoigu […]

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Russian Navy thwarts ‘missile strike’ on Sevastopol as US warships enter Black Sea (TASS)

The air defense team of the Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Essen held drills to protect a naval base from a notional enemy missile strike, the Fleet’s press ofice reported on Sunday. Currently, two US warships are operating in the Black Sea: the flagship, command ship Mount Whitney and the guided missile destroyer Porter. The […]

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Foreign warships in Black Sea testing strength of Russian borders, says defense chief (TASS)

US and NATO guided missile ships that enter the Black Sea are attempting to test the strength of Russia’s Black Sea coast and southern border protection, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday. Foreign warships in Black Sea testing strength of Russian borders, says defense chief – Military & Defense – TASS

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Russian military presence in Black Sea, Transcaucasia facilitates stability, says Moscow (TASS)

Russia’s military presence in the Black Sea, Transcaucasia and Crimea facilitates the stabilization of the situation in the region and does not go beyond ensuring the country’s defense, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Andrey Belousov who represented the country at the meetings of the First Committee of the UN General […]

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Strong Ukraine-Turkey partnership holds the key to Black Sea security (Dmytro Kuleba, Atlantic Council)

As NATO mulls over its strategy in the Black Sea region and seeks to ensure stability and security in what is an increasingly turbulent environment, Ukraine and Turkey are providing a model worth emulating by actively strengthening their strategic partnership via deepening political, military, and technical cooperation. This partnership includes an intensive and fruitful political […]