MOSCOW, September 04 /ITAR-TASS/. NATO’s warship group in the Black Sea has reach three as the French Navy Ship Commandant Birot entered the Black Sea on Wednesday, a military diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
Earlier, the website of the United States Sixth Fleet commander said the U.S. destroyer Ross had entered the Black Sea.
“Both ships have passed through Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea in a perios between 21:00 and 22:00 Moscow time,” the source said.
Currently, France’s ship Dupuy le Lome is currently staying in the Black Sea. She is to leave it on September 5.
Two more MATO warships - Canada’s frigate Toronto and Spain’s frigate Almirante de Burbon - are expected to reach the Black Se on September 6.
According to the website of the United States Sixth Fleet commander, “Ross’ presence in the Black Sea serves to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region.”
“The ship is scheduled to work alongside NATO allies and partners in the region during its time in the Black Sea, enhancing interoperability and improving regional security,” the website says.
In line with the Montreaux Convention, warships of non-littoral states cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days.