Spain and Canada have sent their warships to the Mediterranean and Black Sea amid tensions in the region due to the concentration of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border. The ships will take part in the NATO mission Reassurance aimed at containing the Russian Federation.
The Spanish Ministry of Defense noted that their minesweeper is already on the way, while the frigate is preparing to set sail in 3-4 days, Reuters reports. The Ministry also did not rule out sending its fighters to Bulgaria.
"Russia cannot tell any country what to do, so NATO will protect the sovereignty of any country that can or wants to join NATO," Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said.
On January 19, a frigate of the Canadian Navy also headed for the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Context. This week it became known that the North Atlantic Alliance, establised in 1949 to contain threats from the USSR, was forced to consider strengthening its positions in Eastern Europe. This NATO’s step runs counter to the requirements of the Russian Federation for non-expansion of the bloc to the east.
Denmark announced the deployment of its frigate to the Baltic Sea, and France offered to transfer troops to Romania.