Jostling between the U.S. and Russia in the Black Sea shows no signs of abating. The head of U.S. naval forces in Europe, Adm. James Foggo, has emphasized the importance of U.S. and NATO freedom of navigation operations in Europe to push back against Russian aggression. He highlighted Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey as key allies in this effort. Romania’s defense minister also expressed concern about Russian activity in the Black Sea and said the country will emphasize the importance of defense when it takes over the presidency of the European Council next year. Meanwhile, a Moscow official warned that parts of the arms control infrastructure used to prevent nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia could collapse because of poor relations between the two countries. A Russian Foreign Ministry official has said, however, that Moscow is prepared to discuss extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the U.S.
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