NATO heightens readiness

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Moves to check Russian ambitions of expansion.

NATO heightens maritime readiness with Ukraine, Black Sea allies

By Jack Margolin

ODESA, Ukraine — Amidst uncertainty regarding the current U.S. administration’s continued support for Ukraine and commitment to NATO, the alliance is scaling up its own engagement in the Black Sea and with Ukraine.

Through statements made by NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg, continuity in Black Sea training exercises and offers to buttress the Ukrainian Navy with used vessels, NATO is demonstrating not only continuing commitment to Ukraine, but a greater appreciation of the strategic significance of the Black Sea.

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