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Moscow to follow implementation of EU plans to create navy — ministry

June 28, 2016, 16:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow is monitoring what is going on in the EU member-states

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MOSCOW, June 28. /TASS/. Moscow will follow implementation of the European Union’s plans to create its navy and coast guard, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS Tuesday.

"We are monitoring what is going on in the EU, including in that sphere," Zakharova said. "Certainly it is important to look which plans will be implemented in practice."

"On the whole, such special attention of the EU leadership to naval problems can be explained by Brussels’ interest in the protection of commercial deliveries, as well as an unprecedented growth over the past years of illegal migration to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea from Northern Africa and Middle East countries," she said.

"Currently the Mediterranean region has become an absolute priority for the EU," Zakharova said.

According to her, the necessity to overcome the consequences of migrant inflow "makes EU representatives adjust, build their policy of sea security strategy in a relevant way."

"We will proceed from specific plans," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

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