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“According to available reports, Ukraine and NATO reached an agreement on possible delay of naval drills Sea Breeze 2014 from July to August,” the source said.
He noted that this decision might be taken “to underline the alliance’s position, primarily the United States, based allegedly on their non-interference in events in southeast Ukraine.” “The sides hope that a military operation in this region of the country will have been finalized by the beginning of August.”
Meanwhile, a grouping of NATO warships led by Italian missile-carrying frigate Avier has entered the Black Sea for naval exercises Breeze 2014 jointly with Bulgaria at the end of the previous week. Later on the same day Russian Defense Ministry stated that Black Sea Fleet naval forces had started war games involving about 20 warships and vessels, more than 20 warplanes and helicopter gunships, marines and coastal artillery guns. The drill area embraces the whole sea area of the Black Sea, Russian military agency stated.