NATO goes East: The Alliance to boost surveillance and drills in Black Sea

#NATO has agreed on a package of measures to step up its efforts in the #BlackSea and counter #Russia in the region with more surveillance and exercises promised. That’s according to the Alliance’s secretary general, speaking at NATO’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

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Ukraine military carries out exercises amid Russia tensions

The Ukrainian military carries out exercises in the town of Urzuf, between the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol amid high tensions with Russia. Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships. Poroshenko has signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. IMAGES

RAW: Ukrainian ships seized & towed to the Kerch port after tense standoff

The Ukranian vessels were sailing between two Ukrainian ports: from Odessa in the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Azov Sea. The only waterway that connects these is the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russia. Kiev says it notified Moscow in advance that its navy ships would be sailing through the area.

Moscow denies that it was given any warning, forcing the Russian military to use weapons to stop the vessels. The three Ukrainian ships were then seized and towed to the Kerch port, according to the Russian Security Service (FSB). READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9j95

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RAW: Russian fighter jet intercepts American spy plane over Black Sea

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A Russian Su-27 aircraft has intercepted a US EP-3 spy plane in ‘unsafe’ fashion over the Black Sea, the US Navy said. It released video showing an armed Russian fighter jet flying within meters of the spy plane.

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RAW: Crime ring printing fake US dollars busted in Bulgaria

Bulgarian authorities say they have busted an organized crime ring that was printing high quality fake US dollar banknotes.

Police in the Black Sea city of Varna have seized counterfeit 100-US dollar banknotes in different degrees of completion worth 1.35 million US dollars, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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