4 NATO ships enter Ukraine's southern port of Odessa

2021-03-10 22:35:49 GMT2021-03-11 06:35:49(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KIEV, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Four ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) entered the waters of the Odessa seaport in southern Ukraine, reported the press service of the Ministry of Defence on its official website on Wednesday.

The group of ships entering the Black sea belongs to Turkish, Spanish and Romanian navies and is led by Sokullu Mehmet Pasa (A577) Turkish Navy Training Ship.

During the visit, the NATO fleet representatives plan to hold the meeting with the representatives of the Ukrainian fleet command, as well as hold joint training with the Ukrainian Navy in the Black Sea.

Earlier this year, the Ukrainian naval forces held a passing exercise (PASSEX) together with an American destroyer and a support ship in the Black Sea. NATO has been increasing its naval presence in the region sending multiple ships to the Black Sea. Enditem