Impact of the Ukraine Crisis: Russian ships and NATO traffic jams south of Sicily

For at least two weeks, the stretch of sea south of Sicily has been the scene of an exceptional crowd of Russian ships and submarines heading from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to the Black Sea, consistent with the deterioration of the Ukrainian crisis. In recent days, ships from NATO countries such as the American aircraft carrier Truman, the French Charles de Gaulle and the Italian Cavro have also taken part in a NATO exercise (Neptune Strike) which is now over. However, NATO submarines continue to patrol the Sicilian Channel and the eastern Mediterranean. However, the military and intelligence agencies have not expressed any concern about the jamming of military ships near our coast. Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini himself has said he is convinced there is no real threat to national security. Copassir’s assessment, led by Adolfo Urso, is similar. “If anything – Urso observes – I might be concerned about the latest joint naval strategy in the Indian Ocean between Russian, Chinese and Iranian ships: it would be a warning sign about the risks that the whole West could pose.”

In the Messina earthquake of 1908, first aid came from a Russian ship

After all, the Sicilians do not feel threatened at all by the recent passage of Russian and NATO ships. Problems can only affect the activities of the fishing fleet. In this regard, the Port Authority of Pozalo recently issued a warning for the sinking of a NATO submarine from Ragusa which could create problems for fishing activities. After all, in Sicily and especially in Messina, memories of what happened in the hours following the 1908 earthquake still linger in the elderly when local people were given first aid by the crew of a Russian ship that was in Augusta. Especially the warships Cesarevich and Slava and Cruiser Makarf who arrived before the Italian rescuers.

Urso: I’m not afraid of conventional warfare but hybrid action against gas networks

Kopasir’s president, Urso, said it was highly unlikely that an aggressive move by Russia would follow the traditional pattern. “I would rather – Urso observes – threaten hybrid threats such as attacks on public IT network servers or disruption of strategic infrastructure for gas transportation; just assume that 40% of Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Europe and Italy,” Kopasir himself recalled in his annual report. “There is a need for high-level attention to the possibility of a hybrid attack, with full awareness that Italy could play a significant role, and of course an agreement was reached with EU partners,” he said. In this regard, a new Belarusian constitution confirms that the forthcoming referendum should no longer provide for the country’s international neutrality. Growth considers it appropriate that “Europe is able to actively participate in the search for strategic stability, negotiations NAR can sit at the table and play a role in matters such as conventional weapons control, nuclear counterproliferation and all activities related to the hybrid threat. “

Scholz: We want peace, an aggression would have very serious consequences

On the diplomatic front, Sherpas of the so-called Normandy format (Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine) met in Berlin yesterday. German Chancellor Olaf Schulz called the suggestions “positive” at a news conference with Baltic leaders. “Right now, Baji – Scholes says – is the only way to prevent war in Europe. We want peace. Russia’s further military aggression against Ukraine will have serious political, economic and strategic consequences for Russia.”

De Mayo-Lavrov talks on the Ukrainian crisis and bilateral agenda

Following French President Emmanuel Macron’s visits to Moscow and Kyiv (which re-introduced Paris’s role in the European Union’s strategic and military autonomy), Italian diplomacy has also moved forward. Foreign Minister Luigi de Maio spoke by telephone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov yesterday. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, “the two sides exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and other international issues. At the center of the talks is the initiative of the Russian Federation to provide long-term legal guarantees in Europe. The Russian minister emphasized the “volatile nature of NATO’s move for post-Soviet military development and the reckless militarization of Ukraine by some Western countries, and stressed the need for Kiev to adhere strictly to the Minsk agreement and its agreements.”

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