Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz next to Flotilla Admiral Thorsten Marx (l) and Frigate Captain Hendrik Wissler (r). © Kay Nietfeld/dpa-Pool/dpa
The Russian fleet has not informed NATO about its maneuver with 40 ships and 25 fighter jets in the Baltic Sea. "We have not been informed about the maneuver from the Russian side," said the commander of the naval forces of the NATO rapid reaction force, Flotilla Admiral Thorsten Marx, on Monday of the German Press Agency on the frigate "Mecklenburg Vorpommern".
Rostock - He stressed, however, that NATO had not been surprised. "Of course, we have a very clear idea of what actions may lead to maneuvering activities." The observations of the past weeks and months would have indicated that the maneuver is taking place.
The Russian Baltic Fleet had previously announced that an exercise with 3500 troops had been launched. It takes place at the same time as the annual U.S.-led naval maneuver Baltops, in which 50 ships and boats from 19 NATO countries and Sweden take part - including the "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern", which Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) visited on Monday.
Marx does not expect any provocations or incidents with the Russian fleet at the moment. "The Baltic Sea is big enough. We are non-confrontational and very transparent. We comply with international rules and standards. And this is what we expect from the Russian side in the same way," the admiral said. "At the moment, we see a visible effort on the Russian side not to leave room for misunderstandings. But that doesn't mean it has to be the same tomorrow. That's why this association is ready for action at any time and also ready to defend itself." dpa