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NATO builds its naval presence in the Black Sea - Russian Defense Ministry
NATO is actively building its naval presence in the Black Sea in view of sharp aggravation of the Ukraine crisis, a Russian Defence Ministry source told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
"Destroyer USS Donald Cook equipped with the Aegis combat missile defense system has just entered the Black Sea. According to our information, it is going to be joined by French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome by April 11. French Navy's destroyer Dupleix is expected to enter the Black Sea on April 14," the source went on to say.
"Considering the presence of the French Navy's rescue vessel Alize in the south-eastern part of the Black Sea since late March, we can say that NATO is building a naval grouping in the Black Sea in the vicinity of the Russian border for the first time since 2008," the Russian Defence Ministry source said.
[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 10Apr14]
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