Russia has accused NATO of heightening security concerns in the Black Sea. The Deputy Head of Russia's General Staff said that the Navy was aware that NATO was strengthening its presence in the Sea.
‘The situation in the Black Sea is escalating. NATO is continuing to build up its naval presence in the area,’ Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn told reporters on Saturday. He spoke after the ORP General Pulaski and the USS McFaul joined two ships from Germany and Spain that had entered the Sea earlier on Friday. Nogovitsyn expressed doubts that NATO vessels needed to be in the Black Sea, and promised that Russia would respond swiftly to any provocation of its Black Sea Fleet.