According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a similar tactic was used by Russians in the Baltic and Barents Seas.
“The Black Sea is very important. We see that Russia has expanding its A2/AD capabilities (weapon systems for preventing access and zone blocking - Ed.) in Crimea recently. This is one of the reasons why we have increased our presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, why we have increased the number of our forces, and why we strive to increase our capabilities,” Stoltenberg said in his speech in Washington, according to Ukrinform .
NATO Secretary stressed that the allies need to have the possibility to confront the deployment of Russia’s A2/AD, primarily due to the presence of NATO member countries in the region.