Six Nato ships take part in a multinational naval exercise just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia last year. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION. NATO's Black Sea members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined four other alliance states in a multinational naval exercise in the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast on Tuesday (March 10). The exercise was held just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in March 2014. The focus was on training manoeuvring co-ordination, combat readiness and communication systems in a multinational setting. The group, comprised of ships of the American, Canadian, Turkish, German, Italian and Romanian navies, entered the Black Sea earlier this month to participate in a scheduled training exercise in Bulgarian waters off the coast of the port city of Varna. NATO has held a series of exercises in eastern Europe since Moscow's move into the region to reassure members jittery about Russian intentions in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Last week, Russia's defence ministry said its forces had begun large-scale military exercises in southern Russia and in disputed territories on Russia's borders, including the Crimea region. Relations between Russia and the West are their most strained since the Cold War. Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of directing a separatist assault in eastern Ukraine with its own troops and weapons. Russia denies those accusations.