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NATO in the Baltic Sea will respond to territorial claims

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — NATO mobilized about 40 ships and three thousand troops for exercises in the Baltic Sea, in which the Allies will work together to respond to territorial claims put forward by an unnamed country in the region and ensure freedom of navigation, the alliance said on Tuesday.

The legend of the exercises is “fictional” in nature, the report says, while it also refers to the “deterioration of the security situation in the region” against the backdrop of a military strengthening of the Russian Federation.

“About three thousand military personnel and more than 40 ships from 18 countries take part in the annual Northern Shores naval exercises, which begin at the port of Copenhagen. The exercises will take place near the Danish Straits connecting the Baltic Sea with the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. They will last until September 19, “the alliance said in a statement.

It is noted that “the Baltic Sea is of vital importance to the North Atlantic Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries.” Representative of the alliance Oana Lungescu said that “the security situation in the region has worsened after Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian Crimea and its ongoing military construction.” She added that “NATO has responded to Russia’s aggressive actions by increasing air and sea patrols in the region and deploying over 4,500 troops in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.”

According to the “fictional” legend of the exercises that have been held since 2007, a certain “regional country puts forward territorial claims on islands in the Baltic Sea, using its naval forces to threaten freedom of navigation.”

“Under the UN mandate, the allied and partner forces will seek to restore freedom of navigation. The exercises will also include the development of naval reconnaissance, naval combat, air defense, anti-submarine warfare and mine clearance,” the alliance said.

The exercises are attended by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Canada, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the USA.

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