February 12 – The U.S. and Turkish armies recently launched joint exercises in the Black Sea, Russia’s “back garden”, claiming to strengthen NATO’s “asymmetric advantage”.
The Russian army immediately responded by sending two long-range bombers to cruise the Black Sea.
According to the Anadolu Agency of Turkey, the U.S. Navy recently announced that two U.S.I. Shield destroyers Donald Cook and Porter and a P-8A maritime patrol plane have launched air and surface exercises with Turkey in the Black Sea on the 9th to drill defense. Air and anti-submarine warfare.
The Turkish side sent two frigates Oruchres, Turgutres and two F-16 fighters to participate in the exercise.
The U.S. military said that Turkey is a “very important ally and partner” and that the joint operation of the two warships in the Black Sea is aimed at strengthening NATO’s “asymmetric advantage”.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday (10th) that on the occasion of the joint exercise between the U.S. and Turkish armies, Russia sent Tu-22M3 bombers over the neutral waters of the Black Sea to carry out a pre-planned mission, during which time it was escorted by fighters from the Southern Military Region.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reiterates that Russian long-range aviation forces regularly fly over neutral waters in the Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic, Pacific Ocean, Black Sea and Baltic Sea, and during the 10-day cruise, the crew conducts missions strictly in accordance with international law.