General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of the Russian Southern Military District, affirmed that his country's forces constantly monitor NATO maneuvers in the waters of the Black Sea and strongly confront any provocation attempts by him.
Sputnik news agency quoted Dvornikov as saying in a speech today during the celebration of the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Navy in the city of Sevastopol: “The ongoing exercises of the NATO naval forces in the Black Sea are subject to continuous follow-up by the duty forces of the fleet and all provocative attempts made by the armed forces. Unfriendly countries face a tough response.”
Dvornikov added: "In the face of increasing military and political pressures on Russia, the Black Sea Fleet guarantees the security of the country and monitors all movements in the region."
Late last June witnessed the incident of the British destroyer (HMS Defender) penetrating the territorial waters of Russia near Cape Violent in the Crimea, where the Russian Navy responded by firing warning shots to divert its course.