About: Black Sea

Eastern Europe 22-07-2021

Associated Trio to ramp up cooperation on Black Sea security

The confrontation between Russia and the West is coming to a head, experts say. In consequence, the Associated Trio – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova – has declared its aims to step up cooperation to strengthen security in the Black Sea...
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Russia tests Crimean air defence systems as Ukraine, US hold Black Sea drills

Russia tested the readiness of its air defence systems in Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as Ukraine and NATO countries held military drills in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday (29 June).
Agrifood 07-06-2021

Black Sea facing ecological disaster due to overfishing

Fish stocks in the Black Sea are dwindling and commercial fishing is causing more and more environmental damage, causing concern that has grabbed the attention of NGOs and EU lawmakers. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Europe's East 26-05-2021

Independence Day of Georgia – a story of freedom lost and regained

On 26 May, when Georgia celebrates its Independence Day, David Zalkaliani, the country's vice prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, describes what this day means for his compatriots.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Russia does everything to incite provocations, Kyiv warns

Russia will soon have more than 120,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, the country’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday (20 April), after the EU, US and NATO allies denounced the large build-up of Russian troops alongside Ukraine’s eastern borders. “The situation...
Europe's East 15-04-2021

Germany, US call on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden called on Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border to de-escalate the situation in the region, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday (14 April).
Global Europe 21-08-2020

Turkey announces historic gas discovery in Black Sea

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (21 August) said Turkey had made its biggest-ever discovery of natural gas after completing new exploration work in the Black Sea.
Europe's East 26-02-2020

Crimean experts warn Russia has appetite for Black Sea, more Ukrainian land

Increasingly grandiose Russian military exercises in the Black Sea, compounded by the impending water crisis and a burgeoning defence industry in the Crimea, indicate that the security situation in Southern Ukraine may soon deteriorate, Ukrainian experts from Crimea warn.

Ukraine and Russia clash in The Hague over Black and Asov Sea dispute

Ukraine and Russia traded barbs this week in front of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague over Russia's alleged violations of waters around Ukraine's Crimea region in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

Trump says NATO countries’ burden-sharing improving, wants more

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (2 April) his pressure on NATO nations to pay more for their defence is leading to tens of billions of dollars more in contributions, but the allies may need to boost their budgets even more.

Russia to deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Crimea

Russia has decided to deploy nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to the Crimean peninsula in response to the US rolling out missile defense systems in Romania, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Monday (18 March).

US and NATO step up presence in increasingly tense Black Sea region

To counter the growing Russian threat, there is a need for increased military presence across Europe and beyond, a top NATO commander in Europe told US lawmakers on Tuesday (5 March).

Pompeo begins tour in long-overlooked central Europe

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Hungary, Slovakia and Poland this week he wants to make up for a lack of US engagement that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence in central Europe, administration officials say.

Kerch Strait attack testifies that Kremlin’s aggression has no limits

The leniency of the West encouraged Russia to take its aggression against Ukraine to a new level, writes Mykola Tochytskyi, who puts forward several recommendations.

Russia to deploy new missiles to Crimea as Ukraine tensions rise

Russia said on Wednesday (29 November) it planned to deploy more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea as tensions rose with Ukraine over Moscow's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews.
Railways 21-09-2017

Commission hails Greek-Bulgarian railway project as ‘positive development’

The European Commission is satisfied with the recent cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria on a regional railway project and is ready to look into possible financial support, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV. Earlier this month (6 September) Greece and Bulgaria...

Desperate Europe-bound migrants turn to capricious Black Sea

While the arrival of exhausted migrants may be common on Mediterranean shores, it's a rare sight on the Black Sea coastline. But a string of recent arrivals from Turkey suggests it may be emerging as part of a new 'Romanian route' to western Europe.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

NATO builds up battle groups to deter Russia

NATO will press allies today (26 October) to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War, as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

14 Turkish navy ships ‘missing’ at sea since foiled coup

Some 14 Turkish military ships on active duty in the Aegean and Black Seas are reportedly “missing”, according to reports.
Global Europe 28-06-2016

Bulgarian Socialist leader meets blacklisted senior Russian official

On a visit to Russia, Bulgarian Socialist Party chief Kornelia Ninova met with Sergey Naryshkin, President of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, who is on the EU sanctions list. Ninova stated that her party is against the sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Romania discusses security concerns with US envoy

US Deputy Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland has praised Romania's "substantial" progress in judicial reform and combatting corruption. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Turkey recovers bodies of Afghan migrants from the Black Sea

Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait Monday (3 November) and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said.
US Navy has sent destroyer Donald Cook in Black Sea to support Ukraine
Europe's East 02-05-2014

Romania calls for more NATO warships in Black Sea

Romania has called on the United States and NATO to boost their military presence in the Balkan country to promote stability in the Black Sea region following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Energy 28-01-2011

Russia, ExxonMobil seal $1bn Black Sea oil deal

US-based ExxonMobil, the biggest privately-controlled oil company in the world, will make a new investment in Russia for the first time in over a decade as Moscow seeks to thaw its frosty investor climate and keep its oil flowing.