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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia doubts about “peaceful nature” of the Sea Breeze 2008 maneuvers

Posted by the Editor on July 18, 2008


News / 18 July 2008 | 18:00

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia doubts about “peaceful nature” of the Sea Breeze 2008 maneuvers

Countries of the Black Sea basin are able to solve the
problems of their safety themselves without “paternalist” intervention from
abroad. There are certain appropriate mechanisms there, such as BLACKSEAFOR,
“Harmony of the
Black Sea” etc. This information had been delivered by the Department of
Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia concerning
the Sea Breeze 2008 maneuvers taking place in
Ukraine.

Officially the Sea Breeze
Maneuvers were aimed to the improvement of the level of cooperation and
concomitance of military forces of the participating countries during
“humanitarian and peacemaking operations”. But such elements as battle
reconnaissance, search of the adversary’s submarine, control of navigation,
repulsion operations etc. are perfected too. Department of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Russia notes their anti-Russian mood.

These maneuvers are
followed with numerous protest actions. Taking into account the political
situation, the Ministry of Defence of
Russia decided to cancel participation of
the Russian Military Forces in the maneuvers.

Mass protest actions
against the maneuvers reflect the social opinion about the matter and about
joining the military bloc that will not favour good neighborly relations of
Russia and Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence of Russia believes.

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