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"NATO plans collapsed": in the Federation Council responded to the US General

Russian senator Vladimir Dzhabarov believes that US General Ben Hodges said that Russia was hindering the conduct of NATO exercises in the Black

"NATO plans collapsed": in the Federation Council responded to the US General

Russian senator Vladimir Dzhabarov believes that US General Ben Hodges said that Russia was hindering the conduct of NATO exercises in the Black Sea because such speeches contribute to higher spending on the defense industry. According to the senator, the US military thus calls on the world community to oppose the “Russian threat”.

The statement of the former commander of the US Army in Europe, General Ben Hodges that the Russian side is blocking the holding of NATO exercises in the Black Sea, was made in order to increase defense spending, Russian Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov is sure.
“The fact that this statement is being made is one problem - at all costs try to raise military budgets, appealing to the world community that Russia poses a“ threat ”to NATO, build up defense and rearm.

These are ordinary things, the military always does this in the West when they need to increase their budgets and increase supplies, ”said the first deputy head of the Federation Council committee on international affairs in a commentary on RT.
Earlier, the US military Ben Hodges gave an interview to the Ukrainian Today newspaper in which he complained that Russia was blocking NATO exercises in the Black Sea. According to him, when the alliance forces announce places for exercises in the Black Sea, Russia supposedly closes the aisles to them. “This is a form of the temporary blockade of Odessa. This is not an accident. Therefore, Romania and our allies are so worried, ”said Hodges.
The general called on the member countries of the alliance to build up forces in the Black Sea in order to "have more opportunities to ensure freedom of navigation, to protect NATO."
The opinion of the military provoked sharp criticism in Russia. In particular, State Duma deputy from Crimea Ruslan Balbek called Hodges' words unintelligible.
In a conversation with RT, Balbek noted that the direct task of any navy, including the Russian one, is to monitor the exercises that take place near the borders of the country, as well as to be prepared to repel possible provocations.
“So the American general went too far in his statements - either from ignorance of the situation or to escalate anti-Russian hysteria. The fact that NATO conducts exercises in the eastern part of the Black Sea, and our ships and coastal units are on high alert, speaks only of protecting our national interests, and not of trying to prevent NATO manoeuvres, ”the parliamentarian said.
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At the same time, Hero of Russia Sergey Lipovoy reminded the American military that NATO can conduct its exercises in this region, but under the strict control of the Russian side, FAN reports
“NATO and the US plan to establish dominance in the Black Sea collapsed in 2014 when Crimea returned to Russia. And now the Black, as well as the Sea of ​​Azov, is controlled by our country. And NATO will now always coordinate with Russia its actions in the waters of these seas and be there in full compliance with the established rules, ”said the chairman of the Presidium of the Russian Officers organization.
At the same time, according to him, non-coastal states can send a fleet to the Black Sea, but it should not exceed 2/3 of the power of the Russian fleet.
“In addition, let's not forget the factor of Turkey, which gives permission to pass through the Bosphorus. Turkey, even being a member of NATO, is hardly interested in aggravating the situation in the Black Sea, they value the current balance of forces and do not want to upset it, ”Lipova said. He added that Russia's increased attention to various kinds of exercises in the Black and Azov Seas is “a guarantee of stability and tranquility”
Every year, international naval exercises called Sea Breeze are held in the Black Sea. Manoeuvres organized by the USA and Ukraine have been held since 1997, with the exception of 2006 and 2009.
This year they took place in early July in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, as well as in the Mykolaiv, Kherson and Odesa regions of Ukraine. The exercises were attended by 19 countries. In particular, there were ships and aircraft of NATO members and their allies. In total, 32 ships, 24 aircraft, and more than 3 thousand military personnel were involved in manoeuvres.
In Russia, these teachings were apprehended with caution, saying that holding the Sea Breeze was a “dangerous idea”. However, in the USA, for example, they are convinced that the participation of their ships in this event contributes to "increasing regional stability" in the Black Sea.
The Russian Ministry of Defense , in turn, was reminded that American warships cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days, which is prescribed in the Montreux international convention. The provisions of this document indicate the rules for the passage of warships of non-Black Sea states through the Turkish Straits.

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