The increased presence of NATO in the Black sea, as reported by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has nothing to conflict between Ukraine and Russia in the Kerch Strait, as it will allow US to track the supply chain of the supply of arms from Russia to Syria.
This opinion in comments to the correspondent of ГолосUA said political expert Ruslan Bizyaev.
“The increased presence of NATO in the Black sea basin was discussed at the summer summit. There the decision was linked to a greater extent with the position of Turkey. But after trump met with Erdogan and the matter was closed, he moved into action. And has the respect of the crisis in the Kerch Strait quite indirect,” said the analyst.
As noted by R. Bizyaev, the crisis in the Kerch Strait are not even used this as a reason. It’s just the implementation of NATO’s decision.
“The event in Kerch Strait has not even become a casus belli, which would force NATO to do it. In addition, the increased presence of NATO in the Black sea is primarily the increase in U.S. troops. As for Washington, this is extremely important, given the situation in Syria. But the Black sea is one of the supply chains on which the delivery of arms to Syria from Sevastopol”, – explained the expert.
Thus, as the analyst said, the main reason for the increased US presence in the Black sea should be viewed from the angle of solution to the crisis in Syria.
“For Ukraine, the increase of the NATO presence in the Black sea it doesn’t matter, because none of the senior officials of the Administration, trump said that at the moment these actions are a response to the Kerch accident. Thus, we must distinguish the situation in Kerchenska Bay and putting ships in the Black sea”, – said the expert.
He also said that the increase of the NATO presence in the Black sea would not mean that the situation there has normalized from the point of view of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“Therefore, it will be two parallel processes, which are unlikely between them will overlap. As the conflict in the Kerch Strait was between the FSB and the Ukrainian Navy and Russian black sea fleet,” – concluded R. Bizyaev.
Recall that today, December 3, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference before the meeting of foreign Ministers of NATO said that the Alliance has increased its presence in the Black sea.
“NATO’s increased presence in the black sea region. In the past year we have increased the presence of NATO ships in the Black sea from 80 to 120 days. We have a mission of the air police in the region, and we have a multi-national team in Romania,” – said Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General also stressed that the Alliance further supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and provides political and practical support.