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NATO attempts to turn Black Sea into arena of confrontation, senior diplomat says

NATO’s attempts to turn the Black Sea into an arena of confrontation are extremely dangerous, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Friday.

"Now they have turned to the Black Sea region, we are observing activity on the territory of Bulgaria and Romania. They have already turned the Baltic Sea into an arena of military rivalry, and they are now intending to turn the Black Sea into an arena of military confrontation. This is an extremely dangerous path fraught with the risk of military incidents and escalation," he said.

"I would like to emphasize that in 2014, a decision was made to cease any practical cooperation with Russia and contacts along the military track were interrupted. When NATO tells us that it is necessary to improve the preventive mechanisms of dangerous military incidents and we are saying that we are ready to discuss the maximum acceptable distances of approach between a warship and an aircraft, they don’t let us include the military [in the discussion]," the senior diplomat added.

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