At the invitation of the United States and Ukraine, Spanish and Moroccan forces will work together for several days in the wake of the ongoing Sea Breeze military exercise in the Black Sea. It was one of the largest maneuvers in the region, involving about 5,000 soldiers, 32 military ships and about 40 aircraft. Vospapuli. The organizers aim to promote “mobility” and “cooperation” between the participants’ armed forces and to strengthen “maritime security and peace” in the region.
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Morocco is participating in the exercise for the first time, while Spain is participating for the fourth time, after 2014, 2016 and 2020. The two countries will work together for the first time since the diplomatic and migration crisis in April and May. According to the same source, good relations with Washington have encouraged Morocco’s involvement in these maneuvers. Operation African Lion, another major military exercise that took place mostly in Morocco this year, advanced without Spanish forces. They were not invited by Rabat because of the diplomatic crisis.
In addition to the United States, Ukraine, Spain and Morocco, Sea Breeze 2021 military exercises will be held in Albania, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Moldova. Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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Russia has previously expressed its dissatisfaction with holding exercises in the Black Sea. “The Russian Defense Ministry will closely monitor the preparation and implementation of maritime maneuvers in Ukraine and the United States with the participation of NATO countries, and will respond appropriately if necessary,” said Russia’s Russian spokesman General Igor Konashenkov. Security. “Sea Breeze 21” is not new, but the number of participating countries is larger than in previous years and the scenes are much more complex. “The organizers assure us that there is nothing new about the exercises,” he says.