Black Sea Fleet Continues to Provide Security in Region: Deputy Chief of Russian General Staff

Other News Materials 27 August 2008 14:49 (UTC +04:00)

The forces of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia continue to fulfill obligations on providing security in the region, Nogovitsin, deputy chief of the Russia General Staff said in a press conference, Vesti TV Channel reported.

"There is agreement on the status of the Black Sea. It calls for restricting the number of ships in the Black Sea with tonnage of not more than 45 tons. This is for non-Black Sea countries. The maximum term for staying there is 21 days. If one ship is moves out, the other one can enter. This is an answer to the question whether NATO can increase forces there as a non-Black Sea country," Nogovitsin said.

There are already nine NATO ships in Black Sea, with two of them belonging to US, one to Spain, German and Poland each and four - to Turkey.